Extraordinary work by Ronald Berndt (Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1974 – the collected edition, with the four fascicles issued in one volume).
Quarto, x, 44,  pages plus 56 plates and 2 folding maps; ii, 42,  pages plus 63 plates and 2 folding maps; ii, 28,  pages plus 45 plates; and ii, 38 (last blank),  pages plus 56 plates and a folding map.
An excellent copy – internally fine but cloth has a 2cm abrasion on the leading board edge; previous owner stamp and ex libris sticker on ffep.
Section V of the Iconography of Religions series of the Institute of Religious Iconography, State University, Groningen. The contents of the four fascicles are: Introduction and The South-Eastern Region; The North-Eastern Region and North Australia; North Australia; Central Australia and Conclusion. These were issued separately in wrappers prior to the release of this collected edition in cloth boards. A note to readers in Australia is printed on the verso of the contents page; it states in part that ‘Where Australian Aborigines are concerned, and in areas where traditional Aboriginal religion is still significant, this book should be used only after consultation with male religious leaders’.
An extremely scarce and highly sought book.