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NORMAN LINDSAY BOOKS
Odana Editions has published a number of books on Australian artists including Frank Hinder, L. Roy Davies and Vincent Brown although is more often recognised as the publisher of books on Norman Lindsay. In conjunction with Josef Lebovic Gallery we have also published The Complete Etchings and Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné.
Author, art gallery director and publisher Lin Bloomfield is an acknowledged expert on the works of Norman Lindsay. Her long association with the Lindsay family began in 1960 and continues to the present day. Apart from the visual arts, Lin’s other major interests include Middle Eastern politics, archaeology and travel. In 1973 Lin founded Bloomfield Galleries in Sydney, first at Crows Nest and then in Paddington from 1975 to 1994. From 1995 the gallery operated from premises in North Sydney and in 2000 relocated to Bungendore, near Canberra under the directorship of Jane Bloomfield. In the 1970s Lin was a member of the Labor Party’s Media Advisory Committee and was later a government appointee to the Board of Governors of the NSW Institute of the Arts. During the 1980s Lin also served as Chair of both the Australian Commercial Galleries Association and the National Trust (NSW) Norman Lindsay Gallery Advisory Committee. In 1989 she was awarded a Fellowship of the New South Wales Institute of the Arts in recognition of her ‘outstanding contribution to Education and the Arts’.

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Odana's 40th Birthday specials - 20% discount on all prices listed on this page until 5:00pm 26 June 2014.
New Books for Sale
NORMAN LINDSAY: 80 YEARS OF PENCIL DRAWING  $132.00
1st Edition (2000 printed)
2008
335 pages
Author: Lin Bloomfield
Hardcover, no dustjacket, black and white

During his long creative life Norman Lindsay produced works in many media, but pencil was the only one he used continuously from childhood to old age. If, as is often said, it is drawing which best demonstrates the strength of any artist, then the collection of over three hundred and sixty pencil drawings in this book provides a unique opportunity to assess the man and his methods.
The earliest drawing reproduced in this book was done in 1889, when he was ten years old; the latest, in 1969, the year he died at the age of ninety. Thus these drawings, spanning eighty years of creative development, enable the reader to trace the evolution of Lindsay’s style throughout his life. The drawings have been carefully selected to demonstrate both Lindsay’s draughtsmanship and the range of his subject matter. There are pages from his voluminous sketchbooks in which he recorded details of subjects from animals to armour; preliminary sketches for what later became major works in oil, watercolour and pen; minutely detailed drawings for etchings; rough sketches showing his notes for colour plans; and pencil portraits which are works of art in their own right. Most of the drawings, however, are from the model, both male and female. His drawings of figures convey the spirit as well as the likeness of the model and have in common with his other pencil works great vitality and spontaneity.
The text complements the drawings, weaving into the book excerpts from Norman Lindsay’s life and providing insights into his relationships with his family, friends and models. There are also many comments from Lindsay’s own writings and from his artistically-gifted family and contemporaries — on his techniques, his artistic philosophy and the imagery used in many of his drawings — which help to illuminate the work of this extraordinary Australian artist.
Norman Lindsay: 80 Years of Pencil Drawing 2008
   
NORMAN LINDSAY ETCHINGS: CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ  $154.00
2006 reprint
1,000 copies printed
306 pages
30.0 x 24.3 cm page size
Author: Lin Bloomfield
Publishers: Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery
Hardcover, no dustjacket, black and white


Over a period of eighty years Australian artist Norman Alfred Williams Lindsay (1897-1969) produced a prodigious amount of work — pencil drawings, pen and ink drawings, watercolours and oil paintings - and the etcher's needle was to become as natural an extension of the artist's hand as his pencil, pen and paint brush. With equal constancy and application he developed into true magnificence his techniques of etching.
The fully illustrated catalogue raisonné of his 175 unpublished and 200 published etchings traces his development from the first tentative beginning in 1897 to the maturity of his etched line in the 1920s and 1930s.
This volume includes an updated catalogue raisonné and a text (with some new material) condensed from the original definitive publication, The Complete Etchings of Norman Lindsay, of 100,000 words to 10,000 words.
The importance of this edition for all lovers of Lindsay's art, for all connoisseurs, collectors, art historians, dealers, graphic artists and students will be immediately apparent. It is a major addition to Lindsay literature and to Australian printmaking in the 20th century.
The launch of Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné took place on 2 November 1999 at the long established Old Print Shop, New York, New York.
Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonne 2006
   
PORTRAIT OF PA  $30.00
2007
2,000 copies printed
216 pages
19.8 x 12.8 cm page size
Author: Jane Lindsay
Softcover, black and white

We had grown up with him operating like a one-man picture factory in the studio across the garden. Etchings, pen drawings, watercolours, oil paintings, novels, ship models, statues, articles and essays were turned out with demoniac abandon …
Jane Lindsay writes about her father, Norman Lindsay, with affection and honesty. Her down to earth attitude to the man people called a genius is as refreshing as it is revealing. As Jane Lindsay said ‘genius is hard to recognise at close quarters’.
She describes the comings and goings of parents, friends and lovers with humour and wry observation of life at Springwood from the 1920s until Lindsay’s death in 1969.
Jane Lindsay - Portrait of Pa 2007
   
ROSE LINDSAY: A MODEL LIFE  $125.00
2001 1st Edition (edition will not be reprinted)
1,000 copies printed (only a few copies available)
392 pages
27.4 x 20.9 cm page size
Author: Rose Lindsay
Editor: Lin Bloomfield
Hardcover, no dustjacket, colour and black and white

Rose Lindsay's memoirs Ma and Pa: My Childhood Memories and Model Wife: My Life with Norman Lindsay were first published in 1963 and 1967 respectively and both are now rare books Here for the first time they are published in one volume, Rose Lindsay: A Model Life.
In Ma and Pa, Rose, in effect, writes a history of the Sydney suburb of Longueville during the 1890s and early 1900s. The book is peopled with unforgettable real-life characters and illustrated with Rose's own quirky pen and ink illustrations. Funny and touching, Ma and Pa is the warm-hearted story of one family's life in Sydney, the constant struggle for survival and the resilience of Ma who kept an ever watchful eye on her brood of nine children.
Model Wife traces Rose through her early modelling days, her meeting with Norman Lindsay, their life together in Sydney and Springwood and their travels to England and America. Apart from the intimate details of Rose's life with Norman, this book is peppered with the artistic and literary figures of the day: among others Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Fritz Kreisler, Julian Ashton, Elioth Gruner, Hans Heysen, Miles Franklin, H. G. Wells, Fanny Hurst, Edna Ferber and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Rose emerged from humble beginnings to become a woman of style and substance with enormous strength of character. She was model and wife of Norman Lindsay (one of Australia's most controversial and best known artists), master printmaker, business woman and mother of two. Rose Lindsay should rightfully be regarded as one of the outstanding female personalities of twentieth century Australia.
A Model Life is packed with wonderful stories from the past, richly illustrated and written with Rose's dry sense of humour and irrepressible joie de vivre.
Rose Lindsay: A Model Life 2001
   
THE MAGIC PUDDING: THE ADVENTURES OF BUNYIP BLUEGUM  $60.00
2008
228 pages
24.5 x 22.8 cm page size
Author: Norman Lindsay
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Hardcover, dustjacket, colour and black and white

The Magic Pudding was first cooked in 1918 and thousands of children (and their parents) have been relishing it ever since. Norman Lindsay's timeless classic follows the adventures of debonair young koala Bunyip Bluegum, sailor Bill Barnacle and penguin Sam Sawnoff — owners of the much-desired Magic Pudding' Albert — who try to outwit Possum and Wombat, the professional and extraordinarily persistent pudding'-thieves.
Norman Lindsay's unique combination of literary and artistic brilliance with quintessential Australian humour, makes this book shine as brightly today as it did when it was first published.
This new edition reflects the original edition, but features a fresh, colourful design to appeal to today's reader. All the original artwork has been rescanned and the detail in the line is exquisite. This beautiful edition also includes an extensive, illustrated biography of Norman Lindsay, as well as fascinating letters between author and publisher, and reviews of the first edition.
For all puddin' fanciers, and those who have not yet tasted this puddin's magic delights, this book will be something definitely worth savouring.
This 90th birthday commemorative edition also includes a short biography on Norman Lindsay by his granddaughter Helen Glad; reviews of the First Edition, published in 1918; letters and documents reproduced from the publisher's archives; and, Puddin' Recipes.
Norman Lindsay - The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum 2008
NO LONGER AVAILABLE
In February and March 2012 we had an unprecedented rain event which we were not prepared for. Over 475mm (19 inches) of rain fell in Bungendore over a five week period and during this time, the water ran through our warehouse continuously. As a result of this we sustained quite extensive moisture damage in the warehouse and we have been busy for weeks assessing the damage and clearing the resulting mess.

It now appears that most of the books were moisture damaged and unfortunately we will not sell books that are not in excellent condition. Consequently, all copies of
Norman Lindsay: Artful Cats were damaged and so this book is no longer available. Unfortunately we had not moved any of these books to our new premises.

Norman Lindsay: Oil Paintings 1889-1969 (both standard and de luxe editions) and The Complete Etchings of Norman Lindsay (both standard and de luxe editions) also suffered greatly although we had moved a small number of these books to our new premises. These two titles will not reach their intended edition number and so will be short editions.

Rose Lindsay: A Model Life is virtually sold out and we have very few left of this edition. Those books left were not affected by the floods as we had already moved them to our new premises.
Norman Lindsay: Artful Cats