Title Age of Consent [with Virgil Finlay bookplate]
Book Condition Fair
Edition First American Edition
Publisher New York Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (c.1938)
Illustrator Illustrated by the author
Seller ID 22997
(no dust jacket) [well-worn copy, binding intact but covers soiled, fraying to cloth at extremities, ffep missing; attractive vintage bookplate (see Notes) on front pastedown]. (line drawings) Somewhat risque comic novel -- "Rabelaisian" is the preferred term, I believe -- by this Australian artist-illustrator, about a curmudgeonly artist living with his dog, Edmund, in a shanty on a remote beach. He only wants to be left alone to paint seascapes, but has his idyllic paradise increasingly compromised -- first by the appearance of a nubile (and scantily clad) teen-age girl, who he immediately recognizes as an ideal model/muse, and subsequently by a gaggle of eccentric characters, including the girl's gin-swilling grandmother and a runaway bank clerk. Lindsay was somewhat of a literary bad boy of his day, having already experienced some censorship difficulties with several of his previous novels; this one, in fact, was not published in Australia until 1962. The book was filmed in 1969 by Michael Powell (one of his last movies), with Helen Mirren (one of her first) beguiling artist James Mason. Although the condition of this particular copy qualifies it as a reading copy only, bookplate collectors take note: the custom-designed bookplate on the front pastedown (for one George E. Turner, possibly the noted film historian) features a stunning illustration by the great fantasy/sci-fi/pulp magazine illustrator Virgil Finlay.
Artists Australia Teenage Girls Bookplates Virgil Finlay