Melbourne, Reed and Harris, 1944.
Quarto, [i], 112 pages with 18 illustrations (4 portraits of contributors, including Ern Malley as a nipper; the balance are reproductions of artworks, including seven from the forthcoming CAS Exhibition). Loosely inserted is a small slip of yellow paper with a printed note about the 'Cover Illustration. Colour reproduction of painting by unknown Australian Primitive H.D. executed by Len Etheridge'.
Colour pictorial wrappers, with 'Stop Press' text printed in red on the outside rear cover; tiny chip to the spine; contemporary retailer's inkstamp at the head of the front cover (and offsetting on the rear cover from the stamp on another copy); essentially a fine copy.
The first 20 or so pages are devoted to comments and letters in defence of the poetry of Ern Malley, despite its having been exposed as a hoax since its appearance in the previous number. Almost as intriguingly, this section is followed by an article by Albert Tucker on 'The Unknown Australian Artist H.D.', illustrated with six of HD's artworks (with one more on the front cover). Nancy Underhill ('Sidney Nolan. A Life', 2015) discusses HD at length, and comes to the conclusion that 'I see the HD/Dearing pictures as Nolan's first foray into experimenting with Primitive painting, which is not to say he painted them all. Remember the sophisticated faux unskilling in The Kellys. Please recall that naive affectation was god-sent for Nolan as it offered a positive, up-to-date style that obscured his woeful skills at academic tonal modelling'.