An epistle from Oberea
With decorations by Ray Crooke. Ferntree Gully, Vic. : The Rams Skull Press, 1955. Quarto, hessian bound boards with traditional Polynesian tapa design, previous owner’s name neatly inscribed to endpaper, 24 pp, illustrated with seven original silk screens by Ray Crooke. Limited to 250 copies signed by the artist; the cover was also silk-screened by Crooke on Thursday Island; a fine copy of a beautiful Australian private press book, locally made by a significant Australian artist. The cover was printed in two variant colours, green and olive, this is the green variant.
Copies are held in the major Australian libraries (National Library of Australia, State Libraries of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia etc.)
The National Gallery of Australia purchased another example from us in 2009 for the Australian Prints and Drawings department (NGA 2009.301.1-9)