Sydney: The Beacon Press, 1932. Cloth. Signed, limited edition de luxe, 106 of 120. Untrimmed, pp 196 including colophon, lavishly illustrated including 34 tipped in book-plates, three of which are signed by the artist (two by John Barclay Godson and one by Ella Dwyer). Quarto, crocodile textured black cloth boards, paper label with printed title on top board and spine. Book-plates of previous owners affixed to the front paste-down and to f.f.e.p. (James Fellows and of Paul Feain respectively). Slight lean, joints rubbed, corners slightly abraded (especially lower corner of top board), paper label on top board has been repaired. Very good. Item #383
Percy Neville Barnett (1881 - 1953) was an author, collector and book-plate authority. He played a central role in promoting an cultivating Australian interest in book-plates, especially in the 1920s and 30s. His numerous books have become collectible items, with many of the plates having been hand coloured and/or tipped-in by Bartlett himself. Armorial Bookplates is his third book and features a chapter on Australian armorial book-plates.