“In 1993 I had a small studio where I painted as an artist in the basement of a gallery in Cork St, Mayfair, London, opposite Alan Cristea’s print gallery. One day there was a terrible flood and Alan came across and gave me a pile of books that were all water damaged - I think because I am Australian and he thought I would like them." There were more than 30 copies of Paradise Garden by Sidney Nolan. Published in 1971 by Alistair McAlpine, Paradise Garden was the most beautiful book full of paintings, poems and ‘pictographs’ on transparent pages. In his introduction, Robert Melville says “It should be called a bestiary of wild flowers, for these specimens are the gorgons…griffons…phoenixes of the plant world.” The poems concern a painter and a female patron – “a beautiful and gracious destructive force… a necessary evil”. The book is, in my view, still one of the most beautiful and emotive works of art that does not fail to move my heartstrings as the reader today." David Oliver; an Australian artist specialising in interiors, travel, portrait and fashion.
Sidney’s own copies, water damaged by his own flood! This does mean the front cover sleeves have suffered some warping. Cockling throughout book (see image). Very limited number of copies.
Artist(s): Sidney Nolan
Author(s): Sidney Nolan, Robert Melville
Year published: 1971
Publisher: R. Alistair McAlpine Publishing Ltd
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour
Book Size: A4