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Parrish Art Museum Catalogue: Primitive Art of New Guinea

Parrish Art Museum Catalogue: Primitive Art of New Guinea, July 13th-30th 1963

NEWTON, Douglas (introduction) Southampton, Long Island: Parrish Art Museum, 1963. First Edition. This exhibition featured Asmat, Abelam and Sepik River carved ritual objects, shields, skull racks, drums, ancestral figures, ancestral boards, bark paintings, canoe prows, basketry hair ornament, pectoral ornament, ceremonial stools, turtleshell mask with cassowary feathers for funeral ceremonies from Torres Straits, among many others. 'Among the most impressive geographical features of New Guinea is a great central chain of mountains dividing the island from east to west. North of this range, in the eastern part of the island, is the huge valley (also running east to west) of the Sepik River, with its many tributaries. A further range, the Torricelli Mountains, stands between the Sepik valley and the sea to the north. The reaches of the middle Sepik River are dominated by the great Iatmul tribe, with the related Tshuosh on the plains just to the north of them. The Abelam, with a somewhat different culture, live farther still to the north in the foothills of the Torricelli Range. South of the Central Highlands is a vast area of alluvial plain, much of it barely above sea level. This is traversed by a great series of rivers which divide into complicated deltas towards the coast. It includes the west area inhabited by the communities grouped under the name Asmat. In the central part of the southern coast is the vast bay some 200 miles across called the Papuan Gulf, the home of a large number of tribes with closely related cultures...'. Staple bound octavo pamphlet with four black and white plates and photographically illustrated covers; original illustrated wrappers, map on front endpaper, in fine condition.
"Quo Vadis?" | Screen Play ("Whither Goest Thou?")

"Quo Vadis?" | Screen Play ("Whither Goest Thou?")

[SIENKIEWICZ, Henryk] Spencers Pictures Ltd Jamieson Lane, Sydney: The Swift Print, 1913. First Edition. Tightly modelled after an historical novel of the same name by Nobel prize-winning author, Henryk Sienkiewicz, published in Poland in 1895, "Quo Vadis?" is set in Rome at the time of Emperor Nero's reign, circa 64 AD. Reported as being the most expensive production of this nature to date, in "Quo Vadis?" we see the dramatic enactment of cruel and violent public spectacles hosted in Nero's huge amphitheatre. Ravenous lions stalk sacrificial Christians blamed for the apocalyptic blaze in the burning of Rome. Heroine Lygia enters the stadium lashed against her will to the back of a mad bull. Spencers Pictures Ltd secured the Australasian rights to the motion picture for the record sum of £4000 after phenomenal success at the box office across Europe. 'The Management deem it a great honour to present to the Amusement Loving Public of Australia Cines' 8000 ft. Masterpiece, "QUO VADIS?" which they regard as the Greatest Achievement in the Annals of Cinematographic Representation - a Wondrous Picture that will live for all time. It represents the dawn of a new era as far as film projection in Australia is concerned inasmuch as the screening will occupy an Entire Evening's Entertainment. So tensely interesting are the hundreds of mighty spectacles in "QUO VADIS?" that no other subject is to be given a place on the program.'. Quarto, printed paper wrappers, 16 pages, photographically illustrated with production stills throughout, light creasing and small tear (less than a centimetre) to front cover, a very good copy.
Peter Scriven's Tintookies in the Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay; Adapted and Directed for Marionettes by Peter Scriven with Music by Hal Evans

Peter Scriven's Tintookies in the Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay; Adapted and Directed for Marionettes by Peter Scriven with Music by Hal Evans

Lindsay, Norman Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, 1960. First Edition. Theatre program for a season of "The Magic Pudding" performed by marionette puppets commencing Monday, July 4, 1960, at the Elizabethan Theatre in Newtown. "In adapting Norman Lindsay's fascinating book, "THE MAGIC PUDDING," for marionettes, Peter Scriven has brought to life one of Australia's best-loved children's stories. From the time when the debonair young koala, Bunyip Bluegum, leaves home to join forces with Bill Barnacle, the sailor, and Sam Sawnoff, the penguin, the owners of the Magic Pudding, that sulky little fellow about whom the happy feasts, the cunning schemes, and the epic fights of the story revolve, the exuberance and rich inventions of the story never fail. Norman Lindsay has an unerring instinct for humour that really appeals to adults and children alike, and Peter Scriven's "Tintookies" really bring to life this happy spirit of fun and fantasy." (Theatre Program, page 8-9.) "It has been said, and was said at the time, that Norman Lindsay's animal paintings alone would have made him famous." [Robert Holden]. Octavo, colour illustrated paper wrappers, 14 pages, illustrated with Lindsay's original line drawings from the book, portaits of Lindsay, Scriven and Evans, and black & white photographs of the performance, mild smudges to the advertisement of the back cover of the pamphlet, near fine.