An extraordinary collection of Norman Lindsay books assembled by the artist of the iconic Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs will feature in the first auction of Sydney Rare Books Auctions, a new auction house specializing in rare and fine books, photographs and memorabilia. James Kemsley, who drew Ginger Meggs for over 25 years, began collecting Norman Lindsay when in his twenties and formed the most comprehensive collection of Norman Lindsays printed work ever assembled. It contains not only all his important books with etchings but also original unpublished material. Included is a copy of Lindsays own version of the Rabelais with 23 original pen and ink drawings by Lindsay bound in to the text, and books with original drawings by Lindsay and many signed and limited editions. The collection is also strong in ephemera and exhibition catalogues and will interest all Lindsayiana collectors and lovers of Australian art of that era. Mr. Kemsley passed away in 2007 and the collection has been consigned for auction by his widow. The auction will also feature a large collection of art books, strong in European and American art, but with a good selection of Australian titles, the property of a retired school teacher from one of Sydney’s premier schools. Photography books and bookplates are included among many other lots to be auctioned.
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