A Very Rare Suite of Ten Tinted Lithographed Plates by Edgar Charles May of Scenes of Australian Bush Life

    [E[dgar] C[harles] May (after Samuel Thomas Gill and George Hamilton), artist]. Complete Suite of Ten Tinted Lithographed Plates. [Adelaide: E. S. Wigg & Son, n.d., ca. 1890's]. Ten tinted lithographs depicting life in the Australian Bush. Approximately 8 x 10.75 inches. Loose as issued. Some toning, foxing and minor soiling. Very good.
    A very rare suite of lithographs (it was unrecorded until the mid-eighties) after two separate artists, depicting two different aspects of bush life: life in the gold fields and in the Bush by Samuel Thomas Gill, and Bushmen by George Hamilton. The Gill plates are: ''The Bushranger Pursued'', ''The Claim Disputed'', ''Cradling Forest Creek 1852'', ''Native sneaking Emus'', and ''Mustering Cattle''; the Hamilton plates are ''Bushmen in Danger'', ''Australian Bushmen'', ''The Bushman'', ''The Lost Bushman'', and ''The Found Bushman''. It is believed that these lithographs were done for a proposed book on Bush life by Wigg that never materialized. Even less is known about May, as there is no other example of his work as yet found. From the collection of Zita Books.

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