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Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seas, c. 1948-1951

Laurence Hyde
British, Canadian, 1914 - 1987
set of 121 wood engravings on japan paper
120 sheets: 14 x 16 cm each (approx.); 1 sheet: 30.4 x 22 cm
Purchased 1952
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6186.1-121)

Being so moved by the Bikini [atomic bomb] demonstration that I must needs express myself, I could do so only in a medium with which I was more or less familiar. It did occur to me that Bikini was, in a sense, a microcosm of the world-to-be if civilized humanity, for the last time, failed to live up to its name. It would appear that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not enough. Laurence Hyde, Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seas, 1951

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