# 35924

McCRAE, Hugh (1876-1958); LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)


$25,000.00 AUD

[Sydney] : N.L. Press, [1922]. Large quarto (418 x 355 mm), bound in white calf over white papered boards with Norman Lindsay decoration in gold and red (a few light marks), 35 pp, with Lindsay decorations in black highlighted with gilt, further illustrated with five large original Norman Lindsay etchings with titled tissue guards tipped-in, each signed and numbered by the artist; the original etchings are ‘What the Deer Said’, ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Pantera’, ‘The Yellow Lady’ and ‘The Talking Breasts’. Limited to 133 copies of which 100 were for sale to the public, signed by Hugh McCrae (this copy is number 99); a superb copy, housed in what is in all likelihood the publisher’s issued slipcase of cloth over papered boards.

Containing five original etchings by Norman Lindsay, and the book designed by Norman Lindsay himself, Idyllia is a particularly fine example of small press publishing.

One of the most dignified editions de luxe ever published in Australia….’ (Bloomfield, p. 59).