Children’s Books

  • # 22188

    [LINDSAY, Ruby, illustrator]. LETTS, Winifred.

    Naughty Sophia. With nearly 100 illustrations by Ruby Lind.

    London: Grant Richards, 1912. First edition. Quarto, illustrated cloth over boards (slightly canted), snagged at foot of spine, illustrated endpapers, previous owner’s name to front endpaper; 248pp., with illustrations by Ruby Lindsay; a very good copy. The rare first edition of Ruby Lindsay’s most famous illustrated book.

  • # 21997

    DEAN & SON

    Who killed Cock Robin?

    London : Dean & Son Octavo, illustrated wrappers, cloth spine, pp. [12], 4 chromolithographed plates, a very good copy. Dear’s Giant Penny Popular Series No. 23.

  • # 22039

    JONES, Luke

    Australian Toys

    Melbourne : Melbourne : Books, 2019. Quarto, laminated pictorial boards, pp. 358, illustrated. ‘Australian Toys is an illustrated history of Australian manufactured toys from 1900-1965, drawing on the author’s authoritative collection. The book documents the production of each toy with beautiful colour photographs accompanied by relevant text about the toy and manufacturer.’

  • # 22397

    Speed : every boy’s book of trains aeroplanes and ships : story and pictures of the fastest of their kind on land, sea, and in the air.

    Melbourne : Pantheon Publications, [circa 1950]. Quarto (170 x 215 mm), original pictorial card covers, staple bound, [18] pp, colour and b/w illustrations; a very good copy. A single copy is recorded in Australian collections (ACU Library)

  • # 22195


    A Christmas missionary exercise : illustrated with scenes from our Foreign Mission Fields.

    Cover title: A Christmas missionary exercise and album. New York : The Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1894. Oblong octavo, original cloth backed printed stiff wrappers (lightly creased and marked), pp [24], illustrated with numerous half-tone photographic plates of various missions in China, Japan, Korea, Siam, Laos, India, Chile, …

  • # 22367

    GODYN, C.J.; KISSNER, John (illustrator)

    Pitt Burn : ein australisches Busch-Erlebnis

    Stuttgart : Friedrich Andreas Perthes, 1926. Octavo, original pictorial cloth over boards (lightly marked), colour frontispiece plate, pp vii, 253, [2] (publisher’s advertisements), with 39 line-drawn illustrations (many full page); text in German, in Fraktur. Adventure story for children set in Queensland, about a white girl who is looked after by an Aboriginal tribe. A …

  • # 22233

    AMADIO, Nadine; BLACKMAN, Charles

    The new adventures of Alice in rainforest land

    Illustrated by Charles Blackman. Sydney : Watermark Press, 1988. Octavo, boards in dustjacket, pp. 62, illustrated.

  • # 21817

    Stories of foreign countries

    Boston : Crosby and Nichols, 1864. Duodecimo, gilt-lettered green cloth (a little worn), lacking the front free endpaper, pp. 128, woodcut illustrations. Chapters on Malta, Albania, Iceland, Japan, Borneo, Esquimaux, Persia, Siam, Hindoostan, Russia, Turkey, Chili etc.

  • # 21729

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Wattle babies

    / by May Gibbs. Sydney : Angus & Robertson Ltd. [W.C. Penfold & Co Printers Sydney], [1918-22]. Tall octavo (220 x 142 mm), publisher’s printed cream wrappers with pictorial onlay to front, original ties; pp [24], with colour frontispiece, illustrated title page, and 11 full page sepia illustrations; a fine copy. Muir 2738. May Gibbs’ …

  • # 21819

    [SIZER, Theodore, 1892 - 1967].

    Round the world with the Sargent Travel School : a makimono

    [Boston, Massachusetts] : [Porter E. Sargent], [191-?]. Very long printed panorama of a voyage around the world in 1911 – 1912 by one of the boys of the Sargent Travel School, 14 x 821 cm, folded to 14 x 16 cm. Pictorial travel log of a trip to the Middle East and Far East made by …

  • # 21859

    COEREZZA, Rev. M.

    [HONG KONG]. Catechetical scenes. Confirmation

    Hong Kong : Salesian Catechetical Centre, 1957. Octavo, embossed cloth, twenty lettered cards each accompanied by a pop up diorama illustrating a scene of religious instruction. A charming and scarce Hong Kong imprint.

  • # 22140

    VITEZ, Grigor; ŠEBALJ, Ivo (illustrator)

    [KANGAROO] Maksimir

    Ljubljana : Mladinska knjiga 1960. Square octavo, original pictorial card wrappers and grey paper spine, pp [14], colour illustrations in the text throughout; a fine (near mint) example from a remaindered archive of the publishing house. Translated from Serbo-Croatian. A beautifully illustrated publication for children illustrating the animals in the Zagreb Zoo, including a full page …

  • # 21935

    MARSDEN, John

    So much to tell you …

    Sydney : Walter McVitty Books, 1987. First edition. Octavo, boards in illustrated dustjacket (a little sunned), pp. 109. The first edition of the award winning Australian author’s first book.

  • # 21572

    [WIMMERA] Kiata East State School No. 2429. Certificate for Regular Attendance awarded to Alice S. Meek, October 1889.

    Ballarat : F. Niven, printer [188- ]. Lithographed card, 59 x 92 mm, printed recto only in gold on pink with decorative gumleaf border; manuscript entries in blue ink ‘Miss S. Meek’ / ‘Oct. 89’; awarded by the head teacher, J.D. McArthur; stained, but entirely legible. An interesting piece of Wimmera pioneer ephemera. Kiata is …

  • # 21568

    BANCKS, James C. ("Jimmy")

    More adventures of Ginger Meggs / Series 27 / Sunbeams Book.

    Sydney : Associated Newspapers Limited, 1950. First edition. Quarto, original pictorial wrappers (a few marks and some light creasing), staple bound, pp [40], all colour comic strip cartoons; first leaf with a few small marginal stains, edges with spotting, but overall a very clean, sound copy. Muir 460.

  • # 21566

    HARRISON, H. C. (Herbert Clifford)

    The windmill : a book for boys, young and old. (Presentation copy of the limited edition)

    by H.C. Harrison. Melbourne : H.C. Harrison, 1947. Edition limited to 100 copies. This is copy number 48, a presentation copy inscribed on the colophon: ‘To Capt. C.H. Peters, M.C. & Bar, without whose encouragement and guidance this book would not have been written. [signed] H.C. Harrison’. Small quarto, publisher’s cloth covered boards (C.H. Peters’ title inscription …