Country Cousins; Presented in Picture and Rhyme. Eirene MORT.

Country Cousins; Presented in Picture and Rhyme.

Sydney: G.B. Philip and Son, no date, illustrations dated 1904-18.

Mort, Eirene.

First Edition.

A fine presentation copy of a rare book for children combining illustrations and verse about Australian native species. Working at a time when printmaking in Australia was in its infancy, Eirene Mort (1879-1977) established a reputation as an illustrator and designer in Sydney. She founded the Australian Guild of Handicraft and participated in the First Australian Women's Work Exhibition in Melbourne in 1907. In 1914, Mort was instrumental in teaching Sydney Ure Smith how to etch, the reverberations of which for art in Australia were profound. Mort was committed to developing a uniquely Australian visual language and 'Country Cousins', with its full-page wood-engravings, was an important contribution. [Muir, 5184].

Fine. Item #72

First Edition: quarto, original tied-wrappers with hand-printed woodblock currawong, 38 pages, 254 mm x 184 mm, 16 full-page black & white woodcut plates, gift inscription Christmas 1919, a near fine copy.

Price (AUD): $2,500.00  other currencies