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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1949

Morris WEST

St Kilda, Melbourne 1916 – 1999


  • Lived in Austria, Italy, England, United States


commenced 1974 – 2005

print workshop (organisation)

The heretic 1989 Description: book of 140 pp. printed letterpress in 12/13 pt Linotype Palatino on Velin Arches 200gsm mould-made paper, with 5 original lithographs and 3 relief prints on Velin Arches mould-made paper | hand-sewn and hand-bound in green quarter oasis with cloth sides, enclosed in a green cloth-bound solander box

Collection Title: West, Morris. The heretic, a play in three acts...New South Wales: Isotome Press, 1988.
Page: collection record
Place made: Atelier Champfleury, Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department New South Wales, France Australia
Materials & Technique: books, illustrated books, ink; paper lithographs, printed in colour inks, from multiple plates and stones; linocuts, printed in black ink, each from one block; letterpress text Support: thick smooth off-white wove Velin Arches 200gsm paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: 'ARCHES / FRANCE [infinity symbol]' on multiple pages
Edition State: 2nd state of 3, published state
Impression: 3/50
Edition: edition of 50

Edition Notes: 'Morris West's fine play on Giordano Bruno is illustrated with 6 original colour lithographs and 3 relief prints by Idris Murphy. The book has been printed in letterpress on Velin Arches pure rag paper in an edition of 270 copies in 3 variant bindings - cloth, quarter leather and full English calf vellum. The quarter leather and vellum are contained in solander boxew with additional suites of all prints. The hand binder is Wayne Stock and the book has been designed and produced by James Taylor, the Geryon Press for the publisher Isotome Press.' [Isotome Press advertising postcard, 1989].
Primary Insc: Signed by artist on colophon lower right in black pencil, 'Idris Murphy'. Signed by author on colophon lower left in black pencil, 'Morris L. West'.
Secondary Insc: Inscribed by publisher on colophon lower centre in blue ink, 'III [of L]'.
Dimensions: book (closed) 38.0 h x 27.6 w x 3.0 d cm page (each) 36.8 h x 25.8 w cm box 48.4 h x 36.4 w x 6.2 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of anonymous donor, 2010
Accession No: NGA 2010.1342.1-4
Subject: Australia, Book arts: Illustrated book
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from an anonymous donor, 2010.