THE MAGIC PUDDING. Norman Lindsay.
THE MAGIC PUDDING.
THE MAGIC PUDDING.
THE MAGIC PUDDING.
THE MAGIC PUDDING.
THE MAGIC PUDDING.

THE MAGIC PUDDING.

Being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff. Pp. 172(last colophon), coloured pictorial extra title page, plus black & white title page vignette and numerous text illustrations (many full page), green patterned endpapers; demy 4to; qr. maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt, cream papered boards with 'pudding' vignette at centre of upper board, slightly foxed and a trifle soiled, edges lightly rubbed; dust wrapper, with coloured pictorial onlay (slightly soiled, with small surface chip to top fore-corner) on front panel, the wrapper a trifle soiled and creased, edges lightly chipped and split, with neat repairs to corners and backstrip extremities and paper reinforcement on reverse of backstrip and flap folds; small inked number and bookplate of George Frederick Birks on upper pastedown, hinges starting at a couple of points, a little faint foxing and occasional slight soiling; Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1918. First edition, first issue. Muir 4263. *With an original black ink illustration by Norman Lindsay above a brief (4 line) note in his hand, probably to his friend, the critic and editor Bertram Stevens. On an A4 sheet which is creased from folding and lightly foxed, headed 'Springwood', the sketch shows Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff sitting glumly on a shelf. Below, Lindsay has written 'Dear Bert, Pending the arrival of some much delayed information, will you [crossed out 'tell A and R that'] convey to A. & R the above "magic message". As ever, Norman Lindsay.' Presumably the drawing is contemporary with the book, and the note suggests that Lindsay was displeased with the publishers and felt that they had 'shelved' the project. Lindsay wrote The Magic Pudding after a bet with Stevens 'over the literary pabulum agreeable to the infant mentality. He plumped for fairies and I for food. I said that I was willing to bet that if he wrote a book about fairies, and I one about food, mine would beat his as a popular product. I think I've told you how he repeated that talk to George Robertson who told him he was on a "fiver" if he could persuade me to write a book for kids' [letter quoted by Harry Chaplin, Norman Lindsay, p. 12]. Bertram Stevens edited the Bulletin's Red Page in 1909-10. From 1916 he co-edited Art in Australia, and in 1918 he edited Norman Lindsay's Pen drawings. The bookplate is presumably that of George Frederick Birks (1866-1948), who in 1892 migrated to Paraguay to join the communist settlement founded there by William Lane. He returned to Australia in 1895, founded the firm of Potter and Birks (manufacturing chemists), and went on to become the director of several other companies and the first Australian director (later vice-president) of Rotary International. Item #146352

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