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Sydney: Walter Glover, 1952.
31 bw plates, pictorial endpapers.
Hand bound by Alan Cross.
Minor wear at head and foot of spine, some foxing as usual, bookmark ribbons in good condition.
Limited edition of 1000 (650 in cloth) of which this #53. Numbered and signed on limitation page.
This book was banned immediately on publication under the then current obscenity laws. The publisher tried to circumvent this by sending most of the print run overseas - those sent to the US were seized and burnt by the customs authorites and elswhere the book did not sell well and most copies were dumped as they could not be reimported to Australia. Within Australia the publisher tried to circumvent the ruling by blacking out the 2 offending plates but few were willing to pay for a defaced book.
This example is one of very few remaining uncensored copies with all plates (including the banned Fohat and The Adversary) present and untampered with.
It is suggested that less than 20 examples of the censored version remain extant, and that the original uncensored version is even scarcer.
Very important in the history of Australian publishing and censorship.. Signed by Artist. First Signed Limited Edition. Hard Cover