Children’s Books

  • # 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 …

  • # 16968

    WALL, Dorothy, 1894-1942

    [POP-UP BOOK] Blinky Bill : magic-action book

    Racine, Wis. : Whitman Pub. Co., [circa 1935]. Royal octavo, pictorial stiff card covers (some wear along spine), staple bound, pop-up endpapers and centrefold, 25 pp, a fine copy of this pirated work, the text being taken from the first Blinky Bill story. Muir, 7845. Held in five Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library …

  • # 10196


    The amazing adventures of Anthony Arrowroot

    Sydney : William Arnott Pty Ltd, n.d. [1940]. Second printing. Octavo (215 mm tall), illustrated wrappers (small stain and lightly sunned), pp 32, illustrated. A children’s book produced as an advertisement for Arnott’s biscuit company. Muir 165.

  • # 11993

    WALL, Dorothy (1894-1942)

    The rainy day : gift book of the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia

    “Story and illustrations by Dorothy Wall.” (p.[1]). [Sydney] : John Sands [for The Bank], [c.1925]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers in pink and black (mild crease at top corner of upper wrapper), [18] pp, monochrome and colour illustrations, a good copy. A scarce variant of Muir, 7843, recorded only with green and black wrappers. A morality …

  • # 17017

    PRANG, Julian

    Playing with girls

    Presented by Redmond Phillips. Drawings by Albert Tucker. Melbourne : Reed & Harris, 1945, Quarto, illustrated card wrappers (front panel very good, rear panel with heavy silverfishing), pp. 44, pale waterstain lower edge, neat inscription to hald-title, with numerous full page illustrations by Albert Tucker. A rare early illustrated work by Albert Tucker by the …

  • # 16987

    SIBLEY, Irena (1943-2009); SIBLEY, Andrew (1933- )

    The calming of Harry. (Artist’s proof copy)

    Albert Park, Vic. : Lilly Pilly Books, 1987. ONE OF TWO ARTIST’S PROOF COPIES. ‘The first edition of “The calming of Harry” is limited to ten numbered copies and two artist’s proof copies. This edition is handwritten on French “lana” paper and the illustrations which are hand printed on Japanese mulberry paper are each individually …

  • # 16895

    BRUNA, Dick (1927-2017)

    [POSTER] Het Groene Kruis

    [= The Green Cross]. [Netherlands] : Het Groene Kruis, [c1970]. Poster, screenprint, 520 x 360 mm, unbacked; faint vertical and horizontal fold lines, short closed tears at edges of centre fold; otherwise in good condition. Poster designed by the celebrated Dutch children’s book illustrator and graphic artist Dick Bruna, creator of Miffy. The Green Cross was a politically non-aligned …

  • # 16892

    KOEKKOEK, M.A., 1873-1944 (artist)

    [EDUCATIONAL WALL POSTER] Uit de australische dierenwereld

    [= From the Australian animal world]. [Netherlands] : J.W. Boerman and K.N. Knip, [c1950]. Series title: Dieren in hun omgeving – 2e Serie, Buiten ons land. Educational wall poster, colour offset print, 740 x 1020 mm, title printed across bottom margin, laid down on the original mount of thick board, eyelets for hanging at top edge, two …

  • # 17014

    Rivers, A. R.

    Mention’ in ‘patches

    Cabarlah, Qld. : [A.R. Rivers?], [1920?]. Octavo, illustrated boards (some toning), cloth spine, 33 pp, illustrated. A presentation copy, inscribed on the title for “K.A. Mitchell from the author Xmas 1930”. Muir 6404. The book tells the story of a little boy who has a strong imagination for adventurous deeds and acts of heroism. When …

  • # 17002


    Sunlight Australian A.B.C.

    Sydney : Lever Brothers Pty. Ltd. [manufacturers of Sunlight Soap], c.1925. Small octavo, original pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with imprint at bottom edge), staple bound, [32] pp, colour illustrations throughout, includes advertisements for Sunlight Soap, a very good copy. Muir 7209. A beautifully produced child’s alphabet with Australian natural history content. Copies are recorded in …

  • # 17001

    MACK, Amy Eleanor

    The tom-tits’ nest and other stories

    / by Amy Eleanor Mack / author of “Bushland Stories,” “A Bush Calendar,” “Bush Days,” etc. Sydney : Angus &​ Robertson, 1914. First (and only) edition. Duodecimo, original printed brown wrappers (some paper loss along spine), staple bound, 33 pp, illustrated with [4] leaves of plates, a very good copy. Muir 4587. Scarce. Only two …

  • # 16993

    MACKENZIE, Geraldine; BELCHER, Douglas L. (illustrator)

    The first Australian’s fourth book

    Melbourne : F.W. Cheshire [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1951. ‘Published under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Australia’. Oblong octavo, illustrated buff-coloured wrappers, string bound, 36, [1] pp, illustrated, a very good copy. One of a series of six reading primers for Indigenous children written by MacKenzie, who had been a missionary at …

  • # 16992

    MACKENZIE, Geraldine; BELCHER, Douglas L. (illustrator)

    The first Australian’s fifth book

    Melbourne : F.W. Cheshire [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1951. ‘Published under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Australia’. Oblong octavo, illustrated buff-coloured wrappers, string bound, 38 pp, illustrated, a very good copy. One of a series of six reading primers for Indigenous children written by MacKenzie, who had been a missionary at Aurukun, …

  • # 16974

    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. 205; only the first 150 copies were signed by author and artist). Quarto, gilt-titled ivory buckram (lightly marked), 104 pp, the plates tipped-in; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. Muir …

  • # 12420

    FITCHETT, W.H. (William Henry)

    Discovering “Australia the Happy” : a tangle of claims spread over two centuries

    West Melbourne : Fitchett Brothers Pty Ltd, [c.1938]. Series title: Epic Pages from Australia’s Story, no. 4. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, stapled, pp 64; mild water stain to bottom margin of all leaves, a fair copy. Includes accounts of Cook (“the man who discovered Australia”), Bass and Flinders, bushrangers, and other nineteenth century criminals. Only …

  • # 16792

    MAINDRON, Maurice (1857-1911)

    Le scarabée d’ambre : Aventures dans l’île de Sumatra d’un anglais, d’un missionnaire et de deux naturalistes.

    Tournai, Belgium : Casterman, [1897]. Quarto, publisher’s exquisitely decorated card wrappers, 205 pp, illustrated; paper browned, tiny amount of foxing to edges, otherwise a fine copy. An account for children of the French entomologist Maindron’s experiences in Sumatra in the years 1884-85. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 16454

    BAKER, Hannah Newton

    Wytha Wytha : a tale of Australian life.

    London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1903. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial cloth boards (rubbed), front pastedown with prize certificate of the Grundy St. Mission School dated 1911, front free-endpaper with later ex libris, engraved frontispiece, pp. viii, 280; a near fine copy. A novel aiming ‘to delineate present day bush life in an auriferous district …

  • # 16767

    SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir (1874-1922)

    [POLAR EXPLORATION] Mon expédition au Sud Polaire, 1914-1917 / Ernest Shackleton.

    Traduction de M.-L. Landel. Tours : Maison Alfred Mame et Fils, [1921]. Quarto, original and superb pictorial boards gilt (lightly rubbed), spine with gilt lettering and decoration (head softened and with short split), hinges weakened, all edges gilt, preface by Shackleton (dated 1921), 380 pp (very clean), illustrated, folding map. A beautiful French edition of …

  • # 16766

    LAUTERBORN, Liesel (illustrator); HOLST, Adolf (text)

    [CHILDREN’S] Wenn jemand eine Reise tut…

    Lustiger Bilder-Atlas von Liesel Lauterborn. Verse von Ad. Holst. Leipzig : Alfred Hahn, [1937]. Royal octavo, publisher’s cloth-backed pictorial boards (lightly rubbed and with a few marks to lower edge of upper board), [16] pp of text with verses about the different regions of the world, with black and white frontispiece, [14] colour plates (one …

  • # 15320

    The slant book

    New York : Harper & Brothers, 1910. Octavo, pictorial boards (some wear and fading), cloth spine, 22 colour plates, a couple of pages with short tears not affecting the images, light handling wear, overall a good copy. Charming and inventive children’s book, designed on a slant.

  • # 16473

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Gumnut babies.

    At head of title: ‘Words and pictures by May Gibbs’. Sydney : Angus & Robertson Ltd, [between 1917 and 1919]. Tall octavo (220 x 142 mm), publisher’s printed brown wrappers with pictorial onlay to front (some silverfishing), original ties; inside front wrapper with later ex libris, pp [28], first page with early gift inscription dated …

  • # 16602

    IRELAND, Alexander

    Geography and history of Oceania : comprising a detailed account of the Australian colonies

    brief sketch of Malaysia, Australia and Polynesia, for the use of schools. Hobart : W. Fletcher, 1861. Octavo, original green cloth boards with printed label onlaid (upper board heavily discoloured), front free endpaper with dedicatory inscription dated January 1864 (the book was a gift from James Platt of Melbourne to his nephew Joseph Lawton of Burslem, …

  • # 16790

    MICHELET, Maria

    [BOUGAINVILLE; COOK] Biographie des hommes illustres

    A late nineteenth century French schoolgirl’s manuscript exercise book. Small quarto, bound in contemporary half grey cloth over silk covered boards, [66] pp with entries written in a fine hand in black ink on lined paper, title page reading ‘Biographie des hommes illustres. Maria Michelet. 1893‘, very clean and free from foxing, containing Maria’s short …

  • # 16351

    LEGRAND, Augustin

    Album de la jeunesse : mélange d’histoire naturelle, minéraux, plantes, animaux,

    leur emploi dans la vie : quelques élémens des sciences exactes : tableaux astronomiques, cosmographiques et géographiques, costumes, naturels de diverses contrées du globe, anecdotes curieuses, chasses on pêches, d’après nos célèbres voyageurs, accompagné de courtes explications. Paris : Librairie de Gide fils, [1830?]. Oblong quarto, later papered boards with the front panel of the …

  • # 16348


    The box of delights, or, when the wolves were running

    London : William Heinemann, 1935. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered blue cloth, a small nick at head of spine and lightly flecked on rear board, illustrated endpapers, pp. 418, lightly foxed on fore-edge. A very good copy.

  • # 16170

    SIMONS, Marian

    The Innkeeper’s wife

    Illustrations by Mary P. Harris. Adelaide : Rigby, c. 1941. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with silver detail (sunned), stringbound, presentation inscription to front blank, pp. 12, illustrated. Children’s book based on the nativity. Muir 6750

  • # 16218

    LINDSAY, Norman

    The Magic Pudding

    Being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1948. Octavo, illustrated blue cloth in original dustjacket (a few chips and tears), pp. 170 with numerous Lindsay illustrations, some in colour.

  • # 15954

    WHITE, Adam

    The instructive picture book, or a few attractive lessons from the natural history of animals

    Ninth edition. With many new illustrations by Mrs. Blackburn, Gourlay Steel, R.S.A. &c. &c. Edinburgh : Edmonston and Douglas, circa 1875. Folio, full black roan, ruled in gilt (worn), marbled endpapers, presentation inscription dated 1875 to preliminary blank, hand-coloured lithographed half-title, pp. 36, printed in double columns, 27 double page hand-coloured plates of mammals, reptiles, …

  • # 16087

    Chromolithograph label for children’s puzzle Atlas Geographique

    Chromolithograph, 255 x 335 mm, printed for the lid of a box for a French set of geographical puzzles, circa 1910. The colourful design features women from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania, with similar tableau vignettes surrounding them. In one corner is a tableau of Australian wildlife, with kangaroos, a lyre bird, emu, …

  • # 16079

    SCHUBERT, Gotthilf Heinrich von (1780-1860)

    [PLATYPUS; KANGAROO] Lehrbuch der Naturgeschichte für Schulen und zum Selbstunterricht.

    Erlangen : Carl Heyder, [1846]. Octavo, contemporary half pebbled cloth over marbled papered boards (rubbed), spine with gilt lettering and ornament, marbled edges, title page with old blank slip label, pp 459, [4], illustrated with 12 hand-coloured engraved plates including small depictions of the platypus (plate X) and kangaroo (plate XI); scattered foxing and browning, …

  • # 16002


    [CHAPBOOK] The Penny Hymn-book

    Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, [c.1850]. Duodecimo (110 x 70 mm), woodcut illustration to upper wrapper; 32 pp; lower wrapper with publisher’s advertisements; corners dog-eared, paper tear at tail of spine, small toning spot at fore-edge of several leaves, otherwise internally clean and sound.

  • # 16003


    [CHAPBOOK] Memoir of Elizabeth

    Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, 146 Chestnut Street, [c.1850]. Duodecimo (110 x 70 mm), woodcut illustration to upper wrapper; 16 pp, woodcut illustration at head of text; lower wrapper with ‘A Hymn’; wrappers foxed and re-stitched; contents with scattered foxing.

  • # 15814

    STOCK, [Arthur], Archdeacon (1810-1901)

    Astronomy for beginners, who live in the southern hemisphere

    Wellington, N.Z. : T.A. Bowden, 1874. Duodecimo, original cloth backed printed card covers, endpapers with advertisements for The Colonial Series of Elementary School Books, early printed ownership label of ‘Mr. R. Wilson, Craigielea, Benhar, Otago’ to blank facing title page (mild off-setting), pp i-iv, 5-44, illustrated with diagrams; a very good copy. The first edition of …

  • # 15886

    DANRIT, Capitaine [Commandant Émile Augustin Cyprien DRIANT]

    [SCIENCE FICTION] L’Aviateur du Pacifique

    Paris : Ernest Flammarion, 1910. First edition. Large octavo, striking pictorial design over red cloth (faintly scratched), spine with gilt lettering, all edges gilt, frontispiece, 512 pp, illustrated with 16 black and white plates and line drawings by G.Dutriac, inscription to half-title. A fine copy of a book which has enormous aesthetic appeal. The French …

  • # 15623

    CHARLES, Harold

    [PROSPECTUS]. Something new … Australian Nursery Rhymes

    By Harold Charles . Illustrated by Esther and Betty Paterson. Melbourne : Australian Nursery Rhymes, 1945. Printed sheet, folded, pp. 4, illustrated. Advertising prospectus with order form.

  • # 15404

    SEGUR, Compesse de; STERRETT, Virginia

    Old French Fairy Tales

    Illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett. Philadelphia : Penn Publishing Company, [1920]. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth with pictorial onlay (slightly dulled to spine and rubbed lower edge), decorated endpapers, black and white illustrations, 8 magnificent colour plates. A fine copy. A superior copy of this book of fairy tales with illustrations done by Sterrett at the age of …

  • # 15534

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    [MAY GIBBS] Flannel Flower Babies grow in Australia. (They bring Love).

    Circa 1925. Greeting card (150 x 97 mm), recto with colour process design of Flannel Flower Babies and printed May Gibbs signature, verso blank, fine condition.

  • # 15532

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    [MAY GIBBS] The girls I left behind me.

    [Melbourne: Osboldstone & Co., circa 1916]. Greeting card (139 x 90 mm), recto with colour process design of Gumnut Babies and printed May Gibbs signature, verso printed ‘The Gumnut Series-6’, fine condition.

  • # 15530

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    [MAY GIBBS] We are the Gumnut Corps, We’re going to the War (We’ll make things hum, by gum!)

    [Melbourne: Osboldstone & Co., circa 1916]. Greeting card (139 x 90 mm), recto with colour process design of Gumnut Babies and printed May Gibbs signature, verso printed ‘The Gumnut Series-5’, fine condition.

  • # 15261

    THOMAS, W. H.

    A slaver’s adventures on land and sea

    Boston : Lee & Shepard, 1872. Octavo, gilt-decorated green cloth, inscription to front free endpaper, engraved title page and frontispiece, pp. 406. Children’s story by the author of ‘The gold-hunters’ adventures in Australia’

  • # 14516

    WOODBRIDGE, W.C. (William Channing), 1794-1845

    [HAWAII] He hoikehonua, he mea ia e hoakaka’i i ke ano o ka honua nei, a me na mea maluna iho :

    ua unuhi ia noloko mai o ka hoikehonua / a W.C. Woodbridge. [=A geography, something describing the form of the earth, and things on it.]. Oahu : Mea Pai Palapala a na Misionari, 1836. Second edition. Octavo, original printed papered boards, rebacked with new spine, front pastedown with early manuscript dedication and modern bookplate, front …

  • # 15399

    LEAR, Edward

    The duck and the kangaroo

    A facsimile of an original manuscript with pen drawings. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University, 1956. Oblong octavo, printed wrappers, pp. [8]; line illustrations, essay by Philip Hofer. Limited to 500 copies. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 14757

    SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de (1900-1944)

    Le petit prince

    avec les dessins de l'auteur. Paris : Gallimard, 1955. “Deux milles exemplaires numerotés de 25,051 à 27,050 ont été relié d'après la maquette de Paul Bonet. Exemplaire 26997.” (colophon). Small quarto, original pictorial cloth boards with concentric circle design in gold with green and yellow stars (sunned at edges), in original dust jacket (sunned and …

  • # 14628

    GOESIN, Petrus de

    Geographie, ofte beginselen der Land-Beschryvinge, zoo als die in haer eygen aerd, in verdeeling

    van Landen en Gewesten met Wateren en Zee-en sig bevinden, en door Bergen, Rivieren en Stroomen onderscheiden zyn; als mede den principaelsten Koophandel die in elke Landen verrigt worden. Tot Gend [Ghent] : Petrus de Goesin, [1762]. Duodecimo, contemporary calf (heavily rubbed and scuffed), spine with raised bands, compartments with stamped floral design in gilt …

  • # 14463

    GUNN, Æneas (pseud.) [GUNN, Jeannie, 1870-1961]

    The Little Black Princess

    Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens., [c.1934]. Octavo, green cloth boards, 107 pp, lacking dust jacket and title page. A later edition, telling the story of a young indigenous girl at a Northern Territory homestead with photographic plates throughout. An important presentation copy, inscribed by the author: “I inscribe this book for the Hermannsburg Mission Appeal …

  • # 14128

    ZOLLER, Karl August Christoph Friedrich; BROMME, Traugott (lithographer)

    [ABORIGINES] Neuestes Bilderbuch zur Belehrung und Unterhaltung.

    Stuttgart : Engelhorn & Hochdanz, 1848. Folio, original cloth backed pictorial papered boards (rubbed; a few ink marks), the front free-endpaper inscribed 'Mary Stuart Greg / Ellen Greg, from their dear Parents. November 19th 1850'; hand coloured lithographic title page, pp [20 – introduction in German], followed by 28 hand coloured lithographic plates and a …

  • # 14101


    [MISSIONS] Talks on Japan

    : for the use of leaders among young people. London : CMS, 1913. Small quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers, 27 pp, illustrated, a very good copy. Scarce. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 14098

    SHUTE, E. L.

    I love sixpence, pretty little sixpence

    London : Marcus Ward & Co., c. 1890. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp. [8], printed chromolithographs with silver leaf. Delightful children's book of verse, printed with the highest quality. Rare, recorded in only two examples (New York Public Library; University of Rochester). 

  • # 14085

    VERNE, Jules

    [CHILDREN’S] Les enfants du Capitaine Grant : voyage autour du monde

    172 illustrations par Riou, gravees par Pannemaker. Cover title: Voyages extraordinaires : Les enfants du Capitaine Grant. Paris : Bibliothèque d'éducation et de récréation, J. Hetzel et Cie., n.d. [1890]. Large octavo, three volumes in one, original publisher's pictorial blue and red cloth gilt (boards lightly marked), spine with gilt lettering and decoration, rear hinge …

  • # 14048

    LISTON, Maud Renner; O. HARRIS, Pixie

    Cinderella’s party. A fairy story

    Adelaide : Rigby Limited, [1923]. Quarto, original wrappers (stained), pp. 31, child’s name written inside front wrapper, illustrated in black and white by Pixor O. Harris. Muir 4319. First edition. Scarce