BATTARBEE, Rex 1893-1973
Modern Australian Aboriginal art. (Limited edition, signed by the artists)
With a foreword by T.G.H. Strehlow. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1952. Folio, quarter crushed morocco with gilt rule over green cloth, spine with gilt lettering and rule (light rubbing to head and foot), top edge stained blue, endpapers foxed, pp. [viii]; 55; 23 tipped-in colour plates including frontispiece, and a further 12 tipped-in black and white plates, occasional light foxing and offsetting, a very good copy.
‘This edition, containing two additional coloured plates, is strictly limited to 130 numbered copies signed by the artists’. This is copy no. 32, signed on the limitation page by Rex Battarbee, Albert Namatjira, Edwin Pareroultja, Otto Pareroultja, Reuben Pareroultja, Walter Ebatarinja, Enos Namatjira, Oscar Namatjira, Henoch Raberaba, Richard Moketarinja and Ewald Namatjira.
Scarce and desirable edition of Battarbee’s landmark work on the Arrernte (Aranda / Arunta) watercolour artists. A very good copy.