Heidelberg, The Editors, 1952 to 1955.
Octavo, six numbers, 48; 53; 48; 56; 40; and 64 pages with 2 illustrations by Jean Langley in the first number plus a plate in each of the first three numbers (in the third one, it reproduces 12 Charles Blackman paintings from his exhibition at the Bray Gallery in Melbourne in May of the previous year); there are 7 plates by Arthur Boyd in the fourth number; 4 plates of sculpture by Boyd in the fifth number; and an illustration plus 4 plates (reproducing artwork by Robert Dickerson) in the final number. A subscription form is loosely inserted in the second and fifth numbers; it is different in each case. The one in the fifth issue states that the subscription is overdue, and proclaims (in red) that 'We cannot continue without Subscribers'.
Wrappers with the titles in facsimile holograph (the first four numbers; the fifth one has front cover artwork by Charles Blackman; the fifth one has front cover artwork by Ian Sime); minimal signs of use and age, with minor blemishes to the first three numbers (the first number has slight chips to the plain spine, and a short sealed tear to the top edge of the front cover; the second number has a little loss to silverfish to the leading edge of the front and rear covers, and marginal loss to the first leaf and the last four leaves; the third number has trifling surface loss to silverfish to the front and rear covers); overall, a very good run. The first number has the ownership signatures of the journalist E.W. (Bill) Tipping, and his wife Marjorie, the eminent historian.
'Six years ago Ern Malley lived and died in Australia. Child of the unintended creative act of two other Australian poets he became overnight the most significant figure in the current literary scene. Alike as poet and as a symbol of creative living ... Who can doubt that he did in fact live. And now, we hope, his spirit will live on in the pages of this Journal' (introduction to the first number). The lengthy editorial in the third number indicates their hope is a little forlorn ('we cannot congratulate either our contributors, our readers, or ourselves'), and it concludes with a half-page explanation - clearly called for - of 'Who was Ern Malley?'. It was another thirteen months before Volume 1, Number 4 appeared; Volume 2, Numbers 1 and 2 followed at six-monthly intervals, before the journal ceased publication for want of subscribers. [6 items].