In September 1893 a small, elegantly-designed book of fewer than 40,000 words was issued by the London publisher T. Fisher Unwin as no. 3 in a new series called the Autonym Library. Titled By Reef and Palm, it contained fourteen stories by the novice Australian writer, Louis Becke. The volume also contained an introduction by the Earl of Pembroke who had made a sailing voyage through the South Seas and published in 1872 a book about his travels. Becke had requested the Earl, whom he had never met, to write an introduction for his collection of stories and supplied him with copious biographical information, some of which was substantially true.
Tiffin, Chris, Louis Becke, the bulletin and by reef and palm, Kunapipi, 34(2), 2012.