Melbourne: Gryphon Books, 1975 [i.e. Septmeber 1979]. First Edition. Folio (57 x 40cm), (iv) 132pp [1 - 48, (2) Title page of Book Two, 49 - 70, (2) Title page of Book Three, 71 - 108, (2) Titile page of Book Four, 109 - 125, (1) Colophon. Profusely illustrated in colour, gilt and bakck and white, several protective tissue guards throughout, half green leather binding over cloth covered boards blocked in gilt with provocative designs, lettered in gilt on the spine. Faint white mark on leather towards the head of the front and back joint, signed at the colophon by the artist and the publisher. This is no.15 of 150. Matching slipcase with leather title panel lettered in gilt. Slipcase lightly speckled and with three light 2mm dints to the fore-edge .
The Bumbooziana Portfolio being some notes by the publisher, and dramtis personae by the Author together with an abridgement of the narrative and an afterword by an Artist of some Renown. Melbourne: Gryphon Books, 1979. Octavo (30 x 21cm), 24pp (including wrappers), handsewn; together with four trial pages not previously reproduced, six prints of full page plates, one cromalin proof, and proof sheets 13,14...17, 18...19, 20...33,34...35, 36...47. 48...49, 50...73, 74...77, 78...93, 94...95, 96. Signed by publisher Richard Griffith and by Friend. The Artist of some Renown is John Olsen. This is no. 20 of 100 portfolios. The proof sheets have minor foxing and some corners are bumped, the cromalin proof has one bumped corner, The trial paGes and the six prints are also bumped at one corner and one of the six prints is lightly foxed. Housed in a dark green stiff paper folder which in turn is in a matching slipcase. The slipcase has a 3mm dint on one side. Item #774
When Richard Griffin was shown the original portfolio for Bumbooziana he felt he was looking at "one of the most amazing pieces of Erotica [he] had ever seen" and immediately told Friend he wanted to publish it (from the Portfolio). The publishing process was very involved and costly and Griffin issued a prospectus nominating a pre-publication price of $900 and a retail price of $1200. As it turns out he underestimated public interest and the book was immediately oversubscribed with orders coming in from Australia, England, USA, and Indonesia. It was very much a product of its time with the loosening of strict moral codes providing an audience that was ready to laugh at its own fetishes and fantasies. Donald Friend (1914 - 1989) was a giant of the Australian art scene and all the capital city art galleries in Australia hold his work. However, since his pederasty was revealed in the last volume of his journals published by the Australian National Library in 2006, none of the institutions have had his work on display.