A collection of material, including original artwork, relating to the Australian Limited Editions Society's 1939 publication, 'The Life and Times of Captain John Piper' by M. Barnard Eldershaw
(A) A fine copy of the book: quarto, xvi, 201 pages with 13 black and white and 4 colour illustrations by Adrian Feint, bound in full gilt-decorated calf. Number 3 of 350 copies signed by Marjorie Barnard and Flora S. Eldershaw. (B) A complete set of the 17 illustrations, tipped in on the rectos of nine card folders, contained in a ribbon-tied card portfolio (a little rubbed and marked in one corner). Each of the illustrations are numbered and signed in pencil by the artist; this set is number 11 of only 14 produced. The portfolio is inscribed in ink: 'For Sydney V. Hagley, 1949. A complete set of the illustrations ... 1940. Adrian Feint'. (C) The duplicate typescript of the text (168 pages with numerous manuscript corrections, cord-bound in card covers), inscribed inside the front cover by Adrian Feint. (D) A mock-up of the cover: quarto, full calf with original drawings and decorations in gold ink on the spine and front cover. A slightly different version of this cover, in pencil and gold ink on card, is also included: neither became the final design. (E) THE COMPLETE SUITE OF THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR THE BOOK. There are thirteen black and white pen drawings and four hand-coloured pen drawings, each tipped in on a quarto card with a tissue overlay; they are superb illustrations in uniformly fine condition. The hand-coloured originals are a little bigger than the published version, while the black and white originals (average 100 x 120 mm) are easily four times the size of those published. The original (coloured) rough sketches of two of the four colour plates are also included. A manuscript index to the plates, with extensive pencilled comments by Feint, ten sheets of tissue-paper colour keys for the colour plates and a hand-made colour chart round off this unique archive. Formerly in the possession of the well-known Adrian Feint collector, Sydney Hagley.