Adelaide, Rigby Limited, 1976.
Quarto, 628 pages with 33 figures and 737 illustrations (almost all of them after photographs and drawings by the author) plus 12 colour plates, a very large folding colour plate (with a black and white key) and a map.
Papered boards; small light mark to the top edge; top corners lightly bumped; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly bumped at the rear top corner, and sunned (from yellow to light pink) on the spine.
The magnum opus of Charles Pearcy Mountford (1890-1976), published the year he died. It is a seminal study of the Aborigines of the Mann and Musgrave Ranges on the borders of South, Central and Western Australia, with much of it based on his own extensive field work. Printed on the verso of the dedication leaf is a lengthy restriction notice. It states in part that 'Where Australian Aborigines are concerned, and in areas where traditional Aboriginal religion is still significant, this book should be used only after consultation with local male religious leaders'.