thick oblong 4to, VII, 315pp. Hardcover with black boards and photo illustrated d/w in excellent condition protected in clear archival covering, text in excellent condition with a firm spine. Rural homesteads were once both the source and symbols of an almost feudal authority in the Australian pastoral era. This book is a study of both the style and function of these rural enclaves of power and prestige with each photograph done in stylish b/w format accompanied by expert text. Another of Philip Cox’s excellent works and it deserves a place on any domestic bookshelf.