Aboriginal art of the Western Desert (signed copy)
Melbourne : Rigby, 1979. First edition. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket (spine lightly sunned), pp. 71, illustrated. A very good copy. Signed and inscribed on the title page ‘Best wishes to Jack Birney, Geoff Bardon 16/5/80’.
The first edition of the first book on the Papunya Tula art movement.
Includes 24 illustrated works by Old Walter Tjampatjimpa, Johnny Warrangula Tjaparula, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamara, Old Tutuma Tjapangati, Old Mick Tjakamara, Bill Stockman Tjapaltjari, Johnny Lynch Tjapangati, David Corby Tjapaltjari, Charlie Tarawa Tjungarrayi, Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungarrayi, Mick Numieri Tjapaltjari, Tim Leurah Tjapaltjari, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjari, Charlie Eagle Tjapaltjari, John Tjakamara, Shorty Lungata Tjungarrayi, Uta Uta Tjungala, Anatjari No. III Tjakamara, Kaapa Tjampatjimpa, and Tim Pyungu Tjapangati.
Rare copy signed by Bardon.
‘Reginald John “Jack” Birney was an Australian politician. Born in Sydney, he was a barrister before entering politics. In 1975, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Phillip. He held the seat until his defeat in 1983 by Jeannette McHugh. Birney died in 1995.’ – Wikipedia