Children’s Books

  • # 24707

    LOVECHILD, Mrs. (attributed)

    A peep at old Asia

    Merrill’s Pictorial Gallery. Part III. Concord, N.H. : Rufus Merrill, [1847]. Royal octavo, pictorial yellow wrappers (front lightly marked), stitched, title page with original owner’s presentation inscription, 24 pp, illustrated, internally clean and sound, a very good copy. Although predominantly an introduction for young readers to Chinese culture, this scarce pamphlet also includes text about Maori …

  • # 24555

    VONK-KAN, Corry

    [KANGAROO] Jimmy, le petit kangourou

    Contained in: La Semaine de Suzette. 13 Mai 1948. 39e année, no. 20. Paris : Editions Gautier-Languereau, 1948. Small folio newspaper (320 x 230 mm), pp 221-232; the story Jimmy, le petit kangourou, by Corry Vonk-Kan (translated from English by R. J.-T. Samat) occupies the front and rear pages, and is accompanied by two large …

  • # 24444

    NORTHCOTT, Cecil

    [NEW GUINEA] My friends the cannibals : (John H. Holmes of Papua).

    London : Edinburgh House Press ; Melbourne : The Book Depot, 1943. “First Australian edition. October, 1943”. Series: Eagle Books, no. 5. Small octavo (182 x 122 mm), publisher’s wrappers, 32 pp; a fine copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles fletcher (Melbourne), and accompanied by his bookplate. Muir 8705. Story, written for young readers, of …

  • # 24441

    Church of England in Australia. Diocese of New Guinea.

    [NEW GUINEA] First reader in Wedau.

    At head of title: New Guinea Mission. British Solomon Islands : Melanesian Mission Press, 1935. Small octavo (178 x 122 mm), original printed wrappers, string bound, 19 pp; a fine copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), and accompanied by his bookplate. Wedau is an Austronesian language spoken on the north coast of …

  • # 24536

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Snugglepot and Cuddlepie : their adventures wonderful

    / Pictures and words by May Gibbs. Cover title: Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, [1919]. First edition, second printing (the printer W.C. Penfold’s address ’88 Pitt Street Sydney’). Quarto, publisher’s cloth backed illustrated papered boards with colour onlay to front (a couple of pale stains), in the rare original illustrated …

  • # 10155

    Betts, John.

    Betts’s Portable Terrestrial Globe, accompanied by diagrams illustrating the principal phenomena of the world.

    London : John Betts, [c.1850]. Original decorated card box, 215 x 125 mm (splits to corners), with printed paper label hand coloured, owner’s name in ink on front panel, containing the folding globe, two printed colour cards showing the revolution of the Earth around the Sun, and the 32 page booklet, A companion to Betts’s …

  • # 20884

    Le petit Lapeyrouse

    Paris : Chez Marcilly libraire, [c.1835]. Oblong duodecimo (112 x 132 mm), original printed papered boards, pp [2], viii, 136, [6] leaves of hand coloured engraved plates; occasional mild foxing, a very good copy. A beautifully illustrated work for children containing brief descriptions of various aspects of the history and culture of many places around the …

  • # 24763

    TEAGUE, Violet

    Night fall in the ti-tree (facsimile edition)

    Woodcuts by Geraldine Rede and Violet Teague. [Canberra : National Gallery of Australia, 2008?]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, cloth spine, unpaginated, french folds in the style of the original publication from 1905. ‘In 1905 Violet Teague, in collaboration with her friend Geraldine Rede, handprinted Night Fall in the Ti-Tree at the Sign of the Rabbit Press, …

  • # 24450

    GIBBS, May (1877 - 1969)

    Bib and Bub : their adventures.

    In two parts. Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing Company, 1925. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s decorated cloth (rubbed along lower edge upper board), dustjacket with colour illustrations (very slight rubbing to extremeties), pictorial endpapers, contemporary gift inscription in pencil to half-title, title page (small wet stamp of previous owner), pp. 79; (1), coloured panelled illustrations throughout, a fine …

  • # 24453

    GIBBS, May (1877 - 1969)

    The further adventures of Bib and Bub

    Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing Company, 1928. First edition. Oblong quarto, publisher’s decorated cloth (slightly sunned and marked), pictorial endpapers, title page, pp. (100), monochrome panelled illustrations throughout, a very good copy, internally pristine. May Gibbs’s Bib and Bub comic strips were first published in the Sydney Sunday News and then issued in book format from …

  • # 24452

    GIBBS, May (1877 - 1969)

    More funny stories about old friends Bib and Bub

    Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing Company, 1928. First edition. Oblong quarto, publisher’s decorated cloth (rebacked), pictorial endpapers (with tape repair), contemporary gift inscription in pencil, title page, pp. (94), monochrome panelled illustrations throughout, a good copy. May Gibbs’s Bib and Bub comic strips were first published in the Sydney Sunday News and then issued in book …

  • # 23989

    BREARLEY, John (pseud. of John James Brearley GARBUTT)

    Captain Satan!

    London, U.K. : The Boys’ Friend Library, 5 November 1936. Series: The Boys’ Friend Library, no 550. Square octavo (173 x 137 mm), original pictorial wrappers (small loss of paper mid-spine), 96 pp, one line-drawn illustration at the head of the text, publisher’s illustrated advertisements to inside wrappers; a very good, clean copy. ‘Modern pirate …

  • # 24521

    RENTOUL, Annie R. and OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul.

    The little green road to Fairyland.

    London: Adam and Charles Black, 1948. The first Australian edition, printed by The Specialty Press, Melbourne, for A & C Black. Quarto, cloth boards (sunned), illustrated dustjacket (several tears, price clipped) 94 pp., 8 colour and 8 black and white plates. One of the classic illustrated Outhwaite titles, originally published in 1922 by A. & …

  • # 24498

    DONAHEY, Mary Dickerson; GAZE, Harold (illustrator)

    Peter and Prue

    Chicago : Rand McNally, 1924. Octavo, original olive cloth boards with colour plate onlay (edges a little rubbed), illustrated endpapers, pp 258, bookplate to pastedown, with 4 colour plates (in addition to the cover) and line drawings in the text by New Zealand-Australian artist Harold Gaze; contents clean; a very good copy, without the rare …

  • # 24445

    NORTHCOTT, Cecil

    [NEW GUINEA] Send me among savages.

    Cover: Chalmers of Papua. London : Edinburgh House Press ; Melbourne : The Book Depot, 1944. “Second Australian edition. April, 1944”. Series: Eagle Books, no. 38. Small octavo (182 x 122 mm), publisher’s wrappers (sunned, old bookseller’s wet stamp to upper wrapper), 32 pp; a very good copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles fletcher …

  • # 23448

    DENNIS, C. J.

    A book for kids

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, [1921]. First edition. Quarto, papered boards with cover illustration by C. J. Dennis (some small areas of colour infill), cloth spine (flecked), pictorial endpapers, contemporary inscription to preliminary blank, colour frontispiece and title page by Hal Gye, pp. 118, illustrated in black and white by Dennis himself, a fine copy …