Australian Aboriginal Place Names and their Meanings
Sydney, Simmons Limited, 1933.
Octavo, 56 pages plus 8 pages of plates (from nineteenth century photographs by Henry King and Charles Kerry).
Colour pictorial papered boards a little rubbed, marked, sunned and bumped, with a few small surface chips to the spine; first and last pages offset; occasional mild foxing; an excellent copy.
Mounted on the front flyleaf is the contemporary Adrian Feint-designed bookplate of 'W & M Preston' (William George and Margaret Rose Preston); her signature is written in pencil above it. An apposite book from the personal collection of Margaret Preston (1875-1963), given her interest in Aboriginal art and its influence on her: 'Paradoxically, when her style was most international, Margaret proposed a 'national' art for Australia based on Aboriginal art. Although she was primarily a still-life artist for most of her career, in the 1940s she concentrated on landscapes in oils: in 'Aboriginal Landscape' (1941) and 'Flying Over Shoalhaven River' (1942) she reduced her palette to earth colours and surrounded simplified forms with black lines, based on her study of Aboriginal art' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).