Woggheeguy. Australian Aboriginal Legends. Nora HEYSEN, Catherine STOW, K. Langloh PARKER.
Woggheeguy. Australian Aboriginal Legends

Woggheeguy. Australian Aboriginal Legends

Adelaide, F.W. Preece and Sons, 1930.

Small quarto, xii, 98 pages with illustrations plus 8 plates and endpaper designs by Nora Heysen.

Quarter black cloth (with a paper title-label on the spine) and red- and black-pictorial cream papered boards; corners lightly bumped and rubbed, with minimal loss of paper along the top and bottom edges of the boards; cloth a little mottled and lightly flecked; title-label slightly chipped; a very good copy.

The material used in the book was collected in the 1890s. 'Most of the legends in "Woggheeguy" were told to me by aboriginals on Bangate Station, New South Wales, where I lived for over twenty years ... Realizing ... that the aboriginals are so quickly disappearing - my old story-tellers and their tribes are, I believe, almost extinct - probably the only proofs that they ever existed will be their weapons and legends, which are both increasingly difficult to collect' (author's foreword). Muir 5721 (not noting the preliminaries: 'Text comprising 26 tales, different from those in the two collected editions').

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