Heidelberg, The Editors [only Reed and Reid edited Number 2], 1955.
Octavo, two issues, 40 pages plus 4 plates of sculpture by Arthur Boyd in Number 1, and 64 pages with an illustration plus 4 plates (reproducing artwork by Robert Dickerson) in Number 2.
Wrappers (the first one has front cover artwork by Charles Blackman; the second one has front cover artwork by Ian Sime); minimal signs of age and use; in excellent condition.
Six numbers of the journal were published between November 1952 and November 1955. The introduction to the first number stated that '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'. The lengthy editorial in the third number indicated their hope was a little forlorn ('we cannot congratulate either our contributors, our readers, or ourselves'), and it concluded 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. We have previously recorded the presence of a 'subscription overdue' form in the fifth number, with 'We cannot continue without Subscribers' printed on it in red. Thus it came to pass. [2 items].