# 43959

ADAMS, Tate (1922-2018)

The Soul Cages

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/ An Irish legend retold in 20 woodengravings and some words. Dublin : Dolmen Press, 1958. First edition. Limited to 50 numbered copies signed by the artist (this is no. 44). Octavo (190 x 120 mm), bound in the publisher’s decorated cloth, spine titled in gilt; pp. [iv], 20, [1 colophon]; with 20 wood engravings by Tate Adams; a very fine example of a beautifully produced book.

Tate Adams (1922-2018) was an Irish-born artist who settled in Melbourne with his Australian wife soon after the Second World War. He taught printmaking at RMIT from 1960 until 1982, and is acknowledged as one of the most important figures in the history of printmaking in Australia. In 1966 he founded Crossley Gallery in Melbourne, which was the first Australian gallery to feature prints; and in 1977, with George Baldessin, he co-founded Lyre Bird Press, a press dedicated to printing artists books.

Adams also contributed illustrations to a number of publications of the Dolmen Press in Dublin. It was during a year working there in 1958 that he printed the 20 wood engravings for The Soul Cages, an Irish folktale of a fisherman and a mermaid.