LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED BY AUTHOR, number 77 of 500. 4to in 8s, pp. [xii],  + 12 collotype plates and alarmed Dionysos vignette to title page. Blue patterned cloth, gilt stamped lettering to spine and same Dionysos vignette to upper board. Top edge gilt, others deckled. Spine sunned, pushing to head of spine, bump to heel. Signed by Lindsay on limitation page, with a gloriously ardent gift inscription to ffep in blue pen: “To you my Beloved Sweetheart Babs/Bats[?] / I do adore and love you/ MINN/ 30:6:31/ Please dear heart mine/ do write me a little/ one day soon”. Ffeps and edges tanned, occasional spotting. Later juvenile pencil sketch ‘Portrait of Art Mistress/ Dartington Hall 1945’ laid in. A robust copy with a sparkling (unidentified) gift inscription.
Co-editor of Australia’s first (anti-modernist) “little magazine” Vision (1923-4) by 1926 Jack Lindsay (1900-1990) was living in Bloomsbury attempting to “promote [his father] Norman Lindsay's notion of a sexually utopian Australian renaissance” to the British, and having re-established John Kirtley’s hand-press the Fanfrolico Press. Liquidated in 1930, due to Lindsay’s bankruptcy, the press’ “ ultimate legacy was scholarly literary erotica”. Lindsay went on to have a prolific and variegated writing career – “Overall he created fascinating syntheses throughout his works, but left a magnificent ruin” – and is remembered as a distinguished man of letters for English-speaking communism (ODNB). The identities of Babs/Bats, MINN and the young artist remain unknown.
Author LINDSAY, Jack; HALL, R. L. (foreword)
Publisher London: The Fanfrolico Press