South Australian Institutes' Journal ... Volume 1, Number 1, August 18, 1900
Adelaide, Vardon and Pritchard, Printers, 1900.
Tall octavo, iv, 16, v-[x] pages including the printed wrappers (with advertisements on all pages with Roman numerals except the first one, which is the title).
Acidic title-wrappers a little discoloured around the margins and very lightly chipped; an excellent copy with contemporary annotations to a page of statistical returns.
The contents are what one would generally expect to find - a potted history of the association, lists of new publications, reviews, a 'useful list' of books, numerous period advertisements - but there are two topical contributions. The first (a little over two pages long) is devoted to publications relating to the war in South Africa. The second, one column in fine print, is a lengthy poem 'To a Black Venus', by Guy Bronte. Pity we don't have time to quote it in full: 'Hail, dusky Venus! Not the classic article, / But Venus camping in the Myall Creek. / Yet, like thy namesake, thou hast not a particle / of dress redundant for the sculptural Greek. // ... // But as thou wilt not be for exhibition / I need not further here this theme discuss. / Thou art content no doubt with thy condition; / At least, for 'Woman's Rights' thou dost not fuss. // After a feed of snake, right as a trivet / thou art to lie and in the sunshine bask. / Yet, stay, a whitefellow may 'Baccer give it', / So, thou, I may be sure, wilt come and ask'. There is a moral to this tale in twelve quatrains, but we'll not spoil it for the lucky purchaser.