The South Australian Literary Societies' Union. Fourteen ephemeral items from 1884 to 1889; one is quarto, one is 260 x 140 mm, the others are octavo (nine of them are single-paged - five of which have conjugate blanks - and the others have two to four pages of text)
The most interesting items are leaflets for the Annual Literary Competition in 1885 (one page), 1888 (2 pages, 260 x 140 mm) and 1889 (4 pages, with one page announcing the sixth annual competition and another page devoted to reading clubs). The other items are notices of meetings (some with agendas), an 1888 questionnaire sent to member societies, and an unused SALSU prize plate (100 x 80 mm) mounted on a blank page of the only duplicate item in the group. George Hussey was general secretary for the entire period. The 1885 item above has a chipped, creased and torn blank bottom margin, and the 1888 item above is creased and folded, with some (mainly marginal) splits along two folds; overall the condition is very good or better. Nothing if not rare, and there is enough wheat among the chaff to get the literary taste and flavour of the times.