Children’s Books

  • # 21003

    LINDSAY, Norman.

    The Flyaway Highway.

    Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1936. First edition. Large octavo, Lindsay decorated papered boards (bright), illustrated dust jacket (several edge tears), 120pp., very slight foxing to preliminaries, with numerous Lindsay illustrations. First edition of Lindsay’s second children’s book, the first being The Magic Pudding. A very good copy, rare in the jacket.

  • # 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.

  • # 21567

    THOMPSON, Kay; KNIGHT, Hilary (illustrator)

    Eloise in Moscow

    Kay Thompson ; drawings by Hilary Knight. London : Max Reinhardt Ltd, 1960. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s black-lettered apple-green cloth boards in the original dust jacket (front and rear panels foxed, a few tiny tears at edges), pp [68], 3-tone illustrations throughout; edges and endpapers lightly foxed, occasional, but internally very clean and sound. A fair first edition …

  • # 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 …

  • # 21564

    WELLS, Ernest; COULTER, R.W. (illustrator)

    The bubble galleon : a holiday pantomime

    by Ernest Wells ; set to pictures by R.W. Coulter. Sydney : Angus &​ Robertson, 1934. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial papered boards (lightly marked, diagonal paper crease to upper board, spine with repaired tear), front pastedown with bookplate of Melbourne bibliophile Jeff Prentice, endpapers with mild foxing, pp 110, [1], monochrome illustrations throughout; internally …

  • # 21563


    [HEYSEN] Blossom in “The Land of Sunshine” gift book.

    Hindmarsh [S. Aust.] : Whitefield’s Institute, 1930. Quarto, publisher’s cloth backed pictorial papered boards (lower board sunned), pp [65], with photographic plates, monochrome and bichrome drawings, and 2 colour plates of Hans Heysen paintings (the accompanying poems initialed in pencil ‘C.J.B.’ i.e. Constance Jean Bonython); internally very clean and sound, a fine copy. Muir 742. An …

  • # 21561

    PIRANI, Leila; CUNNIGHAM, Walter (illustrator)

    The old man river of Australia : a saga of the River Murray.

    by Leila Pirani ; illustrated by Walter Cunningham. Sydney : John Sands, [c.1955]. Second edition. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial card in original illustrated dust jacket (front panel with large closed tear), vignette illustrations printed in green; internally clean and sound. Muir 6013.

  • # 21560

    LISTON, Maud Renner; O'HARRIS, Pixie [pseud. Rona Olive HARRIS] (illustrator)

    Cinderella’s party : a fairy story. (Publisher’s presentation copy)

    by Maud Renner Liston ; illustrations by Pixie O. Harris. Adelaide : Rigby Limited, [1923]. First edition. Quarto, original wrappers (heavily stained, paper loss along spine, lower wrapper with unsightly tape repair); a presentation copy inscribed on the half title ‘With compliments from “The Fairy Publisher” J.M. Rath [?], 25/11/22’ (i.e. before official publication date); pp. 31, …

  • # 21557

    OLIVER, Jocelyn; BUTLER, B. (illustrator)

    Sunny days at Apple-Tree Farm

    by Jocelyn Oliver. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, [1946?]. Series: Animal picture story books /​ edited by Mrs. Herbert Strang. Quarto, pictorial stiff wrappers (detached, with mild creasing and wear, mostly to the lower wrapper), pp [24], with 4 full page colour illustrations and monochrome drawings in the text; original child owner’s graphite signature and her …

  • # 21555


    Bubblegug : a fairy story

    / by Lynott. Cover: An entrancing fairy story. Melbourne : s.n., [c.1940]. Small quarto, pictorial boards (foxed, with loss of backstrip – as is common for this publication – which has been replaced with clear archival tape), pp [24], monochrome illustrations; internally very clean. ‘This story was originally published with illustrations in the children’s pages of “The …

  • # 21552

    KAYE, E. W.

    Possum bother

    /​ produced and published by E.W. Kaye. Sydney : E.W. Kaye, [194-?]. Cover: “An Uncle Ted’s tale”. Small square quarto, publisher’s pictorial stiff wrappers (short paper split at head of spine), pp [15], all bichrome illustrations; a very good copy. Muir 6080.

  • # 21551

    INNES, Alistair Doig

    The sleepy possum : a tale of Billy Bluegum and his Australian forest friends.

    Sydney : Associated General Publications, [1946?]. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial stiff wrappers (lightly marked), original owner’s name inside front cover, [24] pp, all colour illustrations; a very good copy. Muir 3712. Scarce. Copies are recorded in only four Australian collections (National Library of Australia; Monash University Library; State Library of Victoria; State Library of New …

  • # 21550


    The Pied piper and other stories /​ with bright colored pages. 

    Cover title: Pied piper fairy stories. Melbourne : Gunn &​ Taylor, [194-?]. “No. 47”. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial stiff wrappers (a little darkened, paper worn along spine), pp [16], with full page colour illustrations and monochrome line drawings in the text; a very good copy. Not in Muir. Scarce. Copies are recorded in only four Australian …

  • # 21547

    OLYOTT, Muriel; CUNNINGHAM, Walter (illustrator)

    Wondercap adventures with the Sandman

    /​ written by Muriel Olyott ; pictured by Walter Cunningham. Sydney : John Sands, [1946?]. Square quarto, publisher’s pictorial wrappers over card (upper wrapper with vertical slit at centre, light staining at top corner and edge wear at bottom corner; lower wrapper with small loss at bottom edge; pp [38], colour and monochrome illustrations throughout; a …

  • # 21546

    O'HARRIS, Pixie [pseud. Rona Olive PRATT]

    Pixie O’Harris gift book

     : stories and poems written and illustrated by Australia’s best beloved writer for the not-so-old. Sydney : Dymock’s Book Arcade, [1953]. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s cloth backed papered boards, in original pictorial dust jacket (edge tears and small loss bottom edge front panel), endpapers with off-setting, pp 128, monochrome illustrations throughout; a very good copy. Muir …