BARNETT, P. Neville (1881-1953)
Woodcut book-plates (standard edition)
Foreword by Lionel Lindsay. Sydney : Privately printed [The Beacon Press], 1934. Small quarto, original marbled paper boards, vellum spine with black lettering, illustrated dustjacket (edges silverfished with small areas of loss), marbled endpapers, ex libris bookplate for bibliophile Alexander Turnbull, signed by him in pencil, pp. 240 (pale foxing to edges), illustrated throughout with examples of woodcut bookplates, for the most part tipped-in, the frontispiece being the tipped-in signed Adrian Feint bookplate for Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII). Limited to 210 copies. Scarce.
A beautifully produced book, in which nearly every double page ravishes the eye with exquisite colour and black and white woodcut designs. Apart from showcasing the work of Australian and New Zealand artists, who include Adrian Feint (4), Lionel Lindsay (4), Norman Lindsay, L. Roy Davies (4), Margaret Oppen, W.F. Mahony, Ethel Spowers, M. Napier Waller (2), Eric Thake (2) and G.D. Perrottet (2), Peggy Sherriff, Jane Mander, Violet Pilling, Roy Hunt and Alfred Cook, the work provides a comprehensively illustrated historical survey of woodcut bookplates, from Albrecht Dürer through to the designs of contemporary American, Japanese, German, British and Central European artists.
This copy from the collection of Alexander Robert Turnbull, with his signed bookplate to front pastedown.