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Goddard-Jones, Matthew (Photographer) & Humphries, Barry (Contribution). PASTIMES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATTHEW GODDARD-JONES. Sydney, Australia: Matthew Goddard-Jones Studios, Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Collection of black-and-white photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books on Australia ever published. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The book is now scarce. A brilliant production by Matthew Goddard-Jones: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the spine, as issued. Photographs by Matthew Goddard-Jones. Except for the witty fragment by Barry Humphries, there is no text. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in Australia to the highest standards. The reproduction quality of the images is incredible in its rich tonal range and warmth. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Matthew Goddard-Jones' "Pastimes". Every photograph shows Australians engaged in physical activity or sport of some sort (mainly, swimming), in the great outdoors, often mostly naked. This is the iconic image we all have of the continent, and Goddard-Jones celebrates it with joy, panache, and a brilliant eye. "Australia is an outdoor country. People only go inside to use the toilet. And that's only a recent development" (Barry Humphries). Amen. An absolute "must-have" title for Matthew Goddard-Jones and Australia collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Matthew Goddard-Jones. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a beauty. As far as we know, this is the only copy, and signed too, available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates (in warm shades of gray). One of the most brilliant living Australian photographers. A fine copy. . $70.00

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