The Jew and the Roman. A Story of the First Century
Adelaide, George Robertson, 1878.
Small quarto, [iv], 138 pages.
Original green cloth, blind-ruled and gilt-decorated and lettered; cloth moderately flecked; an excellent copy (internally fine).
Printed and bound in Melbourne (with the binder's label of George Robertson on the rear pastedown). Mrs John Crawford Woods was the wife of the first minister (1855-1889) of the Unitarian Christian Church in South Australia. This book 'was published in Adelaide at a time when novels of primitive Christianity were in vogue in Britain' and (according to Paul Depasquale in 'A Critical History of South Australian Literature, 1836-1930') enabled Mrs Woods to more than satisfy George Eliot's dictum about female authors: 'The inability of a lady novelist to describe actual life and her fellow men is in inverse proportion to her confident eloquence about God and the other world, and the means by which she usually chooses to conduct you to true ideas of the invisible is a totally false picture of the visible'.