Children’s Books

  • # 35433

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Snugglepot and Cuddlepie : their adventures wonderful (first edition)

    / Pictures and words by May Gibbs. Cover title: Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, [1918]. First edition, first printing (the printer W.C. Penfold’s address ‘183 Pitt Street Sydney’). Quarto, publisher’s cloth backed illustrated papered boards with colour onlay to upper board and vignette on lower board (edges rubbed), hinges cracked, …

  • # 35377

    [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul, illustrator]

    The Australian wonder book

    Melbourne, Vic. : Home Entertainment Library, 1935. Quarto, original quarter red cloth over pictorial boards, spine with gilt lettering and ornament (short split to spine, edges a little worn), 351 pp, black and white illustrations, a very good copy of this publication. Muir, 3125. Contains four complete books (The little black princess of the Never-Never …

  • # 35376

    DYSON, Edward; LINDSAY, Norman (illustrator)

    Billy Bluegum, or Back to the bush

    Sydney : The Shepherd Press, 1947. First edition. Royal octavo, publisher’s illustrated papered boards, dustjacket (spine lightly sunned), 66 pp, previous owner’s book label to pastedown, name to endpaper, contents clean and sound, illustrated by Norman Lindsay. A fine copy. Originally published in serial form in The Lone Hand, 1912.

  • # 35226

    READ, Mark 'Chopper'; CULLEN, Adam

    Hooky the cripple : the grim tale of a hunchback who triumphs (signed copy)

    Written by Mark “Chopper” Read ; illustrated by Adam Cullen. Sydney : Pluto Press Australia, 2002. Oblong octavo, illustrated gatefold wrappers, pp. 60, illustrated by Adam Cullen. Signed by the artist on the endpaper. Rare. ‘Hooky the Cripple is a 2002 novel written by Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read, illustrated by Adam Cullen, and published by …

  • # 31627

    BOSCHE, Susanne

    Jenny lives with Eric and Martin

    Translated from the Danish by Louis Mackay. With photos by Andreas. London : The Gay Men’s Press, 1983. Second impression, 1987. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (light handling creases), blind stamp from a private collection to preliminary blank, pp. 62, photographically illustrated. The first English-language children’s book to discuss male homosexuality, highly influential in public debate over …

  • # 34950

    "HAWTHORNE, Alice" (WINNER, Septimus, 1827 - 1905)

    [GOLD RUSH]. The Book of Adventures

    Philadelphia: Charles H. Davis, 1855 (first published 1854). Duodecimo, blind-embossed purple cloth, lettered in gilt to spine (faded), pp. 128, illustrated with wood-engravings; a very god copy. Children’s adventure stories, including ‘Encounters with a boa constrictor’, ‘Ascent of the Wetterhorn’, ‘Attacks of the cult-fish’, ‘Perils of the Sperm-Whale fishery’ etc., as well as ‘The gold-mines …

  • # 32265

    MONTAL, Louise; [ROWCROFT, Charles]

    [TASMANIA] Georgiana, la fille du bohémien

     / Imité de l’anglais par Mme Louise Montal. [Limoges] : Librairie Nationale d’Éducation et de Récréation [E. A. Ardant], [probably between 1890 and 1900]. Octavo (230 x 140 mm), publisher’s gilt and black decorated red cloth over boards (corners and spine ends worn), pp 189, [3], illustrated with 14 wood engravings (including a full-page frontispiece); …

  • # 35119

    PAICE, Margaret


    Written and illustrated by Margaret Paice. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1955. 1956 reprint. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (lightly creased), pp. 31, illustrated. Children’s story about an Aboriginal girl written by the Brisbane born writer and illustrator. Muir 5638

  • # 35123

    MARTIN, Marianne

    Further adventures of Tuckonie.

    Sydney : Winn & Co., 1942. Small quarto, pictorial stiff wrappers (lightly marked, a little wear with loss to spine), contemporary gift inscription inside upper wrapper, pp. 32, with 4 full page colour plates and monochrome drawings by Hottie Lahm; foxing to edges, occasional small marks, else internally clean; lacking the insert (16a-b) with the …

  • # 34945

    DURACK, Mary

    To ride a fine horse

    Illustrated by Elizabeth Durack. Melbourne : Macmillan, 1965 (reprint). Octavo, boards in dustjacket (edges rubbed), pp. 137, illustrated. A very good copy.

  • # 23538

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    The Magic Pudding (first U.K. edition, 1936)

    : being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff. London : Hamish Hamilton, [1936]. Octavo, silver-lettered blue cloth with panel illustration, slightly faded at edges, original dustjacket (short tears and chips, price clipped), colour frontispiece, pp. 159, illustrated throughout by Lindsay, pale foxing to preliminaries. Loosely enclosed, a contemporary inscribed …

  • # 34852

    WALLACE, Helen E.; YOUNG, Blamire (1862-1935) (illustrator)

    [BLAMIRE YOUNG] Magic casements.

    With three plates from watercolours by Blamire Young. Melbourne: Brown, Prior & Co., 1926. Deluxe edition of one thousand copies (this is no. 399; only the first 150 copies were signed by author and artist). Quarto, gilt-titled ivory buckram (lightly marked), dustjacket (spine slightly toned), 104 pp, the plates tipped-in; a very good copy. Muir …

  • # 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 …

  • # 34401

    DASKEIN, Tarella Quin; OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (illustrator)

    Chimney Town

    London : A. & C. Black, 1934. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial blue cloth boards, edges rubbed, 238 pp, illustrated throughout with full-page black and white plates, two colour plates, and drawings in the text, occasional light foxing, a very good copy of the first edition. Muir 1908.

  • # 34695

    DONAHEY, Mary Dickerson; GAZE, Harold (illustrator)

    Peter and Prue

    Chicago : Rand McNally, 1924. Octavo, original olive cloth boards with colour plate onlay (corners bumped, edges a little rubbed), illustrated endpapers, pp 258, bookplate to pastedown, with 4 colour plates (in addition to the cover) and line drawings in the text by New Zealand-Australian artist Harold Gaze; contents clean; a very good copy, without …

  • # 34643

    PECH, Émile

    [CHILDREN’S] Un oncle d’Australie

    Paris : Ancienne Libraire Furne, Jouvet &​ Cie, 5 rue Palatine, [c 1895]. Quarto, contemporary half red cloth over marbled boards, spine with gilt lettering, (joints weakened, edges rubbed with chips to spine), 286 pp (scattered foxing), illustrated with 73 gravures in the text. A fair copy. A French children’s story in which much of …