Children’s Books

  • # 26476

    [JONES, William]

    [MAORI] Children brought to Christ. = Ka mau-ria nga ta-ma-ri-ki ki Te Ka-rai-ti.

    [Sydney, N.S.W. : Jones, Printer, Bridge Street, c.1833]. Broadsheet, 450 x 390 mm, letterpress printed; old horizontal and vertical crease, pale foxing, a very good example. Text in English and Māori. A rare broadside printed around 1833 by William Jones of Bridge Street, Sydney, for use in Church Missionary Society schools. It is a lesson …

  • # 26497

    FORDE, H. A.

    True gold : a tale of the diggings

    Illustrated by A. S. Cope, Esq. London : Church Extension Association, [1884?]. Octavo, illustrated cloth (canted, lightly rubbed and stained), hinges split, frontispiece (dated 1884) with tissue guard, pp. [iv]; 167, light handling marks, else very good. Rare children’s book set in Melbourne and the gold fields in the 1850s. Two examples recorded in Australian …

  • # 26697


    Songs of the Empire for Little Folks

    London : J. & J. Colman, n.d. [c. 1900 – 1910]. Duodecimo, chromolithographed wrappers (some light spotting), staple-bound, 16 pp., illustrated. A charming and ephemeral advertising publication for Colman’s Mustard containing songs and illustrations from the British Empire. Two pages feature Australia, showing a sing-a-long with gold miners and a vignette of Parliament House, Melbourne, …

  • # 26238

    CLIFFE, Graeme

    From “Sunbeams” to Sunset : the rise and fall of the Australian comic book (1924 to 1965) : an illustrated history

    Margate Beach, Queensland : Comicoz, 2019. Quarto, illustrated laminated boards in dustjacket, illustrated endpapers, pp. ii; 254, extensively illustrated. ‘This book is the culmination of about twenty years of research by Brisbane-based Greame Cliffe, and comprehensively details the history of the Australian comics medium like never before. This volume will be the one that Australian …

  • # 26306

    HOLDEN, Robert.

    Koalas, kangaroos and kookaburras. 200 Australian children’s books and illustrations 1857 – 1988

    [Sydney] : James Hardie Industries, [1988]. Oblong folio, illustrated wrappers, pp. 87. illustrated. Includes well-known illustrators such as Norman Lindsay, Lionel Lindsay, May Gibbs, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Pixie O’Harris, Peg Maltby, Christian Waller, D. H. Souter etc. A fine copy.

  • # 26028

    LAMP, Jean-Frédéric

    Abrégé de géographie pour les écoles.

    Par J. F. Lamp. A Paris : Chez F. G. Levrault, libraire, rue de la Harpe, no. 81 ; Strasbourg : rue des Juifs, no. 33, 1833. Troisième édition. Duodecimo (165 x 105 mm), original pink paper-covered boards printed in black, the upper board with vignette illustration of a globe, lower board with publisher’s advertisements, …

  • # 25703

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Prince Dande Lion : a garden whim-wham

    Sydney : Ure Smith, 1982. Second impression (first published in 1953). Small quarto, publisher’s cloth backed pictorial papered boards (small section of water damage to foot of spine), previous owner’s name erased with white-out to front pastedown, pp 117, illustrated with 4 colour plates, 12 full page black-and-white plates and numerous line drawings in the text. …

  • # 25613

    KENDALL, Henry (1839 - 1882)

    Rose Lorraine : and other poems

    Illustrated by Rhys Wiliams. Sydney : W.H. Honey Publishing Co., circa 1930. Duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, pp. [16], illustrated.

  • # 5262

    MENSCH, G.

    [GOLD RUSH; BUSHRANGERS] Die Goldgräber ; oder in den Goldminen und unter den Buschkleppern

    und Wilden Australiens : Natur- und Culturbilder aus dem fünften Weltheil. Leipzig : F.M. Gebhardt’s Verlag, [1878?]. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial boards (corners bumped) with red cloth spine, pp 276, [4] colour plates, scattered foxing, a sound copy. Text in German Fraktur. Based on the writer’s experiences on the Central Victorian goldfields, with accounts …

  • # 1342

    HUE, Fernand

    [GOLD RUSH] Aventures de deux Franca̧is et d’un chien en Australie

    Paris : Lecène, Oudin et Cie, Éditeurs, 1892. “Nouvelle Édition.” Octavo, red cloth with gilt embossed armorial crest of the Ville de Paris, spine (a little tender) with gilt lettering, 142 pp (occasional spotting), illustrated; a good copy. Text in French. Muir 3655. An adventure story set on the Victorian goldfields.

  • # 1730

    PECH, Émile

    [GOLD RUSH] Un oncle d’Australie

    Paris : Ancienne Libraire Furne, Boivin &​ Cie, 3 & 5 rue Palatine, [c 1890]. Quarto, pictorial gilt red cloth (rubbed), spine with gilt decoration (faded, tail bumped), all edges gilt, 286 pp, illustrated with 73 gravures in the text. A very good copy. A French children’s story in which much of the story is …

  • # 24970

    O’FERRALL, Ernest; LINDSAY, Lionel

    The Adventures of Chunder Loo

    Illustrated by Lionel Lindsay. Sydney: Blyth & Platt, 1915 Quarto, illustrated card boards (edges chipped, small loss to corner lower board), cloth spine, contemporary inscription to title page, preliminaries foxed, else clean, a good copy of one of Lionel Lindsay’s rarest books. The adventures of Chunder Loo is a collection of humorous verses penned by O’Ferrall …

  • # 25744

    CARROLL, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1832-1898; BLACKMAN, Charles (illustrator)

    Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    / Lewis Carroll / Illustrated by Charles Blackman / Edited by Nadine Amadio. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1982. Quarto, orange boards (corners rubbed) in pictorial dust jacket (a couple of short tears with tape repairs), illustrated endpapers, pp. 128, illustrated in colour with Blackman’s iconic paintings inspired by the famous children’s book; a good …

  • # 24990

    McKEOWN, Keith C.

    The Magic Seeds: Tessa in Termitaria

    Sydney : New Century Press, 1940. Octavo, cloth in dustjacket (light stains, a few chips with loss), previous owner’s name to endpaper, pp. 170, occasional light foxing, illustrated. Scarce.

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …