Children’s Books

  • # 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 …

  • # 13557

    MEYNIER, Johann Heinrich, 1764-1825

    Wissenschaftlicher Hausbedarf für die Jugend. Eine kleine Handbibliothek in 21 Bändchen

    enthaltend diejenigen Kenntnisse welche jeder gebildete Mensch wissen muss. Nürnberg : bei Friedrich Campe, 1821. Twenty-one booklets, square duodecimo, in the original uniform green papered boards, each with the original printed label to the front listing the individual volume number and its subject; various paginations from 30 to 64 pages; with 5 hand coloured copperplate engravings …

  • # 9854


    [TAHITI] People of the Old World

    [Cover title]. Concord, N.H. : Rufus Merrill, [1854]. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers (lightly marked, corners bent, small loss at bottom edge of lower wrapper), stitched, 16 pp, wood engraved illustrations, faint waterstain to lower margins of all leaves, otherwise internally clean and sound. The fourth in a series of six chapbooks published by Rufus Merrill …

  • # 21139


    [CRICKET]. Alice in Holidayland.

    A parody in prose, verse and picture. Perpetrated with apologies to the immortal originals of Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel. Pictures by Frank H. Mason and Noel Pocock. Second edition. Leeds: Chorley & Pickersgill, n.d. [c. 1920]. Oblong quarto, illustrated cards (a little soiled), illustrated throughout. Featuring a delightful Australian plate of a kangaroo and …

  • # 20954

    MURGATROYD, Madeline

    Tales from the Kraals

    Illustrated by Joyce Ordebrown. Cape Town : Central News Agency Ltd, 1944. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 60, illustrated. South African folk tales.

  • # 21218

    SIBLEY, Irena

    William, the wizard who wasn’t (Presentation copy)

    Fitzroy, Vic. : The Five Mile Press, 1989. First trade edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the first blank for Melbourne publishers John and Zelma Gartner, owners of The Hawthorn Press, ‘To John and Zelma regards Irena Sibley 1989’. Quarto, fine illustrated boards in like dustjacket, 38 pp, illustrated with Sibley’s magnificent colour …

  • # 21129

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Gum blossom babies.

    At head of title: ‘Words and pictures by May Gibbs’. Sydney : Angus & Robertson Ltd, [1917-20]. Tall octavo (220 x 142 mm), publisher’s printed brown wrappers with pictorial onlay to front, original ties; pp [28], colour frontispiece, with 11 additional full page sepia illustrations; a very good copy of the cheaper one shilling edition. …

  • # 20546

    MACKINTOSH, Jessie

    [BOARD GAME] Race round Australia : an instructive, educational game for two to four players.

    [Collingwood, Vic. : G.N. Raymond, c.1945]. Thick papered boards, 410 x 475 mm, folding, front with pictorial title onlay, original buckram backstrip; fold-out game board with colour design based around a map of Australia with vignette illustrations of native fauna; a fine example (lacking the rare rules sheet). An educational board game designed by the …

  • # 20531

    Maker unknown.

    [BOARD GAME] Lands End to John O’Groats : cycling race game.

    [United Kingdom] : s.n., [c.1935]. Box of thick card, 270 x 230 x 30 mm, the lid with pictorial onlay featuring an illustration of Hubert Opperman riding a Malvern Star bike (mild wear and some light stains to edges of lid), box containing a folding game board, 560 x 250 mm, in fine condition. A …

  • # 20586


    [BOARD GAME] The National Football game

    Also titled: Our great game. [Ballarat and Melbourne] : National Game Co., [c.1940]. Thick board, 360 x 360 mm (folding), fold-out colour printed game board depicting an Australian Rules Football match in progress in a large stadium, the grandstands filled with supporters (probably a depiction of the MCG, with some artistic license), the legend “Our Great …

  • # 20402

    "DIER TREBLIG NHOJ" (John Gilbert REID)

    [DICKENS; CHINA] Pickwickians abroad. (Presentation copy)

    / With illustrations by the author. Shanghai : International Institute of China, 1913. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket (chipped at head of spine and corners); a presentation copy, inscribed on the front pastedown ‘To the Dickens Fellowship, East Bay Branch, California, With the compliments of the author …

  • # 20667

    KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936)

    Rudyard Kipling : signed typed letter discussing illustrations in the Just-So Stories.

    Single sheet (260 x 200 mm), on Kipling’s Bateman’s Burwash, Sussex address letterhead, typescript letter dated 20 November 1924 replying to an enquiry regarding illustrations in the Just-So stories, signed in full in ink ‘Rudyard Kipling’; original folds, in fine condition; accompanied by its original envelope addressed to D. Avery Esq., London, annotated in pencil …

  • # 20857

    [GOODRICH, Samuel]. PARLEY, Peter

    Tales about America and Australia

    London : Darton and Clark, circa 1840. Duodecimo, gilt-decorated cloth, two hand-coloured maps, pp. iv; 192; 36. A book for children by Goodrich under his moniker ‘Peter Parley’ with a particularly horrendous description of the Aboriginal population of New South Wales.  

  • # 19756

    PUGH, Clifton; BLASHKI, Pam

    Chai the kangaroo (signed with original pen drawing)

    Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket, illustrated endpapers, pp. 48, illustrated by Clifton Pugh. Signed and inscribed by the author and the artist on the half-title with an original pen drawing of an emu by Pugh.

  • # 19720

    "Author of Little Jessie" [pseud. of Sarah Maria FOY]

    The Australian babes in the wood : a true story told in rhyme for the young

    / by the author of ‘Little Jessie,’ etc. ; illustrated by Hugh Cameron, J. M’Whirter, G. Hay, J. Lawson, etc., and engraved by R. Paterson. London : Griffith and Farran, 1866. Small octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards, upper board with lettering and pictorial device stamped in gilt (boards lightly marked, spine sunned), hinges cracked, …

  • # 19706

    COOK, Hume

    Australian fairy tales. (Presentation copy)

    With illustrations by Christian Yandell. Melbourne : J. Howlett-Ross, 1925. Quarto, decorated cloth (a little discoloured), 140 pp., tipped-in colour frontispiece (small crease), light foxing to preliminaries, 5 additional colour and black and white plates by Christian Yandell (later Waller). Presentation inscription from Hume Cook and his wife to Mr. and Mrs Ross H. McMaster …