Children’s Books

  • # 18024

    Maker unknown.

    Grand jeu de la géographie avec costumes coloriées

    [France] : s.l., s.n., circa 1820. Carnet of thick blue card, 110 x 75 mm, with hand coloured engraved title label depicting inhabitants from the four corners of the world, containing 25 hand coloured cards on blue paper backing, each depicting a male and female inhabitant from a different region, with accompanying descriptive text. Fine condition. …

  • # 18703

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888 - 1960)

    Elves and fairies have thee in their keeping

    [Also known as Fairy Music]. Watercolour on card, 290 x 360 mm, initialed in ink lower centre ‘I.R.O’, titled in pencil lower left. A stunning watercolour painted by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite as an illustration for the book of verse by her sister Annie Rentoul, Elves and Fairies (1916), but not included in the final publication. Exhibited …

  • # 17972

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (first Australian edition)

    London : Bloomsbury, 1997 [1998]. Printed and bound in Australia by Australian Print Group, Marlborough, Vic. First issue of the first Australian edition. Octavo, laminated boards in illustrated dustjacket (very pale foxing); previous owner’s name in pen to front pastedown, pp. 223, very pale foxing to preliminaries else a very good copy. The true first …

  • # 18145

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the goblet of fire (signed copy)

    London : Bloomsbury, 2000. Second printing. Octavo, illustrated boards (corners rubbed, a little canted) in dustjacket (pale stain lower part of spine, some light wrinkles), endpapers slightly marked, pp. 636, corner torn from final blank, signed by Rowling on the dedication page. The fourth book in the Harry Potter series, signed by the author.

  • # 17970

    BILOTTA, Clemente

    [OCEANIA] Geografia per uso dei fanciulli del signor Clemente Bilotta.

    Napoli : Raffaele Miranda, 1825. Third edition. Small octavo, contemporary vellum over boards, spine with gilt stamped lettering and ornament; page 2, signed by the author, is a legal statement to the effect that any unsigned copy of this book is to be regarded as counterfeit; pp 212; scattered foxing, title page with red pencil …

  • # 17068

    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, [1918]. First edition, first printing (“seventeenth thousand”). Quarto, publisher’s cloth backed illustrated papered boards with colour onlay to front (fine), in the rare original illustrated dust jacket (rubbed, and with some mild edge wear, but very …

  • # 17334

    GAZE, Harold (1885 - 1962)

    The simple Jaggajay

    The Mite Merry Series. Melbourne : Whitcombe & Tombs, 1919. Quarto, illustrated card wrappers, cloth repair to spine, 30pp (mildly foxed), 3 tipped-in plates (2 colour, one monochrome), b/w line drawings, occasional foxing. Charming adventures of an imaginary bird, a gum-nut girl and their bush creature friends, in rhyming verse. Harold Gaze was born in …

  • # 17882

    HEARN, Lafcadio

    Japanese fairy tales

    Printed in colour by hand from Japanese wood blocks. The boy who drew cats. The Goblin Spider. The old woman who lost her dumpling. Chin-Chin Kobakama. The fountain of youth. Philadelphia : Macrae-Smith Company, after 1922. Cloth folding case in the Japanese style with title label containing five crepe paper publications from the famous firm …

  • # 14471

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    The Magic Pudding

    : being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1918. Quarto, quarter cloth over papered boards (small water stain along bottom 2 cm of lower board, touching last couple of pages), lettered in gilt on the spine, in fine original illustrated dust jacket (small …

  • # 16698

    MUNARI, Bruno (1907-1998)

    Toc Toc. Chi è? Apri la porta.

    [Milano] : Stampato in Italia nelle off. Graf. Veronesi della Casa Editrice Mondadori, 1945. First edition. Folio, pictorial card covers with cut-out ‘spy-hole’ to front (faint foxing and a few light marks), pp [14], each page with a successively smaller flap which opens to reveal a bright full colour lithograph; a good copy of this …

  • # 18076

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888-1960); RENTOUL, Annie R.; OUTHWAITE, Grenbry

    Fairyland of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. (With prospectus)

    Verses by Annie R. Rentoul. Stories by Grenbry Outhwaite and Annie R. Rentoul. Melbourne : Ramsay Publishing, 1926. Limited to 1000 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Folio, gilt-lettered cloth (edges a little rubbed), variant binding of lighter blue cloth and dull gilt, illustrated endpapers, 166 pp, 50 tipped-in colour and black and white …

  • # 17483

    MELLOR, Dorothy; OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (illustrator)

    Enchanting isles

    Sydney : Howard, Whyte & Coy., 1934. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s half cloth over marbled papered boards, in original dust jacket (substantial paper loss along spine, edges sunned, owner’s name top edge of front panel), endpaper maps (offsetting), pp 112, with six illustrations by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite; foxing to preliminaries, last few leaves and edges, …

  • # 17485

    HALL, J.J.; WALL, Dorothy (illustrator)

    The crystal bowl : Australian nature stories

    Melbourne : Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd., 1921. First edition. Quarto, pictorial blue cloth boards in dust jacket (mild chipping and edge wear, a few light marks), original owner’s stamp to front free-endpaper, pp 64, illustrated wth 16 colour and black-and-white plates by Dorothy Wall, as well as her line drawings in the text; a near …

  • # 17646

    MASS, Nuri; MASS, Celeste (illustrator)

    The little grammar people

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1942. First edition. Quarto, pictorial papered boards in dust jacket (light handling wear), colour frontispiece plate, pp 104, illustrated with black-and-white plates and line drawings by Celeste Mass; preliminaries with light foxing, otherwise internally clean and sound; edges with small amount of spotting; a very good copy in the scarce …

  • # 17685

    WALL, Dorothy (author and illustrator)

    Brownie : the story of a naughty little rabbit

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1935. First edition. Quarto, original pictorial papered boards in dust jacket (lightly rubbed, mild edge wear), front endpaper with bookseller stamp of F.C. Wall, Wellington, NSW (a relation of the author?), colour frontispiece plate, pp 56, illustrated with 16 black-and-white plates and line drawings by Wall; a near fine copy …

  • # 17741

    "The Perfesser & Alter Ego, Esquire" (pseud. of Lancelot HARRISON)

    Tails and tarradiddles : an Australian book of birds and beasts

    Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing, 1925. Square octavo, publisher’s pictorial blue cloth boards in original dust jacket (mild creasing to top edge of front panel), pp 108, with line illustrations by the author; a fine copy. Muir 5951. Lancelot Harrison (1880-1928) was a prominent Australian zoologist.