Children’s Books

  • # 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). 

  • # 14096

    MUIR, Marcie and HOLDEN, Robert

    The Fairy World of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

    Sydney : Craftsman House, 1985. First edition.  Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket (spine sunned), 171 pp. extensively illustrated. The definitive reference on Outhwaite, one of Australia's and Britain's most loved children's authors and illustrators. A very good copy of the first edition.

  • # 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

  • # 13774

    KOLB, C.F.A. (Christian Friedrich August)

    [THYLACINE] Wilde Thiere aller Zonen. Ihre Gewohnheiten und Lebensweise, ihr Nutzen und Schaden

    in 60 nach der Natur gezeichneten und gemalten Tafeln zum Anschauungs-Unterricht für Schulen und zur Belehrung und Unterhaltung für die Jugend. Esslingen : J.F. Schreiber, [1864?]. Folio, original cloth backed pictorial papered boards (rubbed and somewhat darkened; lower board with a few old stains); hinges strengthened with binder’s tape; pastedowns with publisher’s advertisements; unpaginated, but approximately 80 …

  • # 13908

    PRENTICE, Jeffrey

    Australian children’s literature : finding a voice

    Melbourne : Braidwood Press, 2016. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. x; 262, illustrated. A collection of illustrated articles by passionate advocate for children's literature Jeffrey Prentice, written over a period of thirty years. Limited to 180 copies signed and numbered by the author. 

  • # 13773

    SCHOLZ, Joseph

    Le Jardin Zoologique

    Cover title: Der Thiergarten; Le Jardin Zoologique; Dieren Tuin; Zoological-Garden. Mayence [Mainz] : Joseph Scholz, imprimeur-éditeur, 1871. Small oblong quarto, original pictorial papered boards (lightly rubbed, small paper loss at head of spine); endpapers with offsetting, preliminaries foxed, pp [45], illustrated with [25] full page chromolithographed plates hors texte; edges flecked, occasional very mild foxing, …

  • # 13842

    EYMERY, Désirée

    Le tour du monde pittoresque

    Paris : Désirée Eymery, n.d. [c.1838]. Oblong octavo, contemporary plain card covers with early calligraphic manuscript title and ownership signature to front (ink marks and some staining), engraved title page, pp 78 (but appears to lack a small number of pages from [79]), [9] engraved plates each with four illustrations of peoples in traditional costume …

  • # 13839

    MICHEL, Ernest

    A travers l’hémisphère sud

    : Equateur, Panama, Antilles, Mexique, Iles Sandwich, Nouvelle-Zélande, Tasmanie, Australie. Limoges : Marc Barbou, n.d. [c.1890]. Quarto, publisher's pictorial cloth gilt (rubbed), front hinge weakened, all edges gilt, 296 pp, illustrated with lithographed plates and line drawings in the text; scattered foxing; a good copy.  French travel memoir which includes detailed accounts of visits to …

  • # 13558

    [NEW ZEALAND] Das Nationen-Bilderbuch für die wißbegierige Jugend

    : mit 23 gemalten Kupfern und erklärender Beschreibung. Reutlingen : Fleischhauer & Spohn, [1835]. Octavo, original printed papered boards (lightly marked and with loss of paper along spine), title page with hand coloured copperplate vignette of a globe showing Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia; 47 pp, with 23 hand coloured copperplate engravings of peoples of the …

  • # 13407

    VYSE, Charles (active 1770-1815)

    [NEW ZEALAND] The new London spelling book: or, The young gentlemen and ladies guide

    to the English tongue … A new edition, with alterations, improvements and additions. London : printed for G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, by J. Crowder and E. Hemsted, Warwick-Square, 1803. Small octavo, contemporary brown cloth boards (rubbed and stained), pastedowns and front endpaper with contemporary child's scribbling, front endpaper with modern biro inscription dated 1984; frontispiece …

  • # 13491

    [PORTER, Sarah]

    Alfred Dudley; or, the Australian settlers

    London : Harvey and Darton, n.d. [c. 1836]. Second edition. Duodecimo, gilt-illustrated cloth (spine sunned), all edges gilt, early owner's inscription to front free endpaper, engraved frontispiece (foxed); pp. 196. The second edition of what is referred to the first novel set in Australia, drawing largely from Dawson's 'The Present State of Australia'. Ferguson 1313; …

  • # 13587

    [THUMB BIBLE] History of the Bible.

    Albany [New York] : Published by S. Shaw, 1829. Miniature book, 51 mm tall, original calf with gilt lettering and ornament (rubbed, corners bumped, small areas of surface loss to the leather on front board and top edge of lower board); pp 256, with 15 full page engraved illustrations included in the pagination; occasional foxing, …

  • # 13585

    IRELAND, John; TELLER, Thomas (editor)

    The Shipwrecked orphans. A true narrative of the shipwreck and sufferings of John Ireland

    and William Doyley who were wrecked in the ship Charles Eaton on an island in the South Seas. New Haven, Connecticut : S. Babcock, [1845]. Series: Teller's Tales, New Series, no. 5. Probably the first American edition. Square duodecimo, original decorative stiff wrappers (rubbed and darkened; short tears at fore-edge of upper wrapper; paper loss …

  • # 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 …

  • # 8063


    Les Phénomènes et les curiosités de la nature

    / texte par Munerelle, dessins par Lemaitre. Strasbourg : Derivaux, 1856. Large quarto, contemporary quarter morocco over blind blocked pebbled cloth boards (upper and lower boards marked), spine with raised bands and gilt ornament and lettering, all edges gilt, silk lining papers, mild foxing to preliminaries, [74] pp, [37] spectacular chromolithographic plates depicting dramatic natural phenomena, …

  • # 13278


    Kalgoorlie School of the Air magazine

    [Kalgoorlie] : School of the Air, [1965]. Folio, original pictorial green wrappers with Royal Flying Doctor Service logo, staple bound, [23] pp, roneo printed, illustrated; includes annual report for 1965, list of students (all from remote Western Australian stations), and pupils' contributions; a very good copy.  Appears unrecorded in Australian collections. 

  • # 13298

    [NEW ZEALAND] Picture alphabet of nations of the world

    London ; Edinburgh : Thomas Nelson & Sons, [1874]. Quarto, original pictorial wrappers (a little darkened and with light handling wear), [8] leaves, comprising 4 full-page chromolithographic plates, each with depictions of six different people types; accompanying text on the facing pages in the form of a rhyming couplet for each illustration; the portraits include …

  • # 13236

    [QUEENSLAND] ABC des deux mondes

    [Cover title]. Paris : Emile Guérin, [c.1900]. Small quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers, staple bound, [10] pp, an all illustrated alphabet picture book based on geography, with 5 pages in colour; text in French; the letter Q is for Queensland, and shows a mounted Light Horseman; other letters include K for Kimberley (South Africa), J for …

  • # 4758

    GREEN, Henry Mackenzie (eleven years of age)

    Clarence and the goblins; or, under the earth.

    With portrait of the author, and photograph of illustration drawn by him. Sydney : Public Library Press, 1892. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, pp. 8, frontispiece portrait, illustration after a drawing by Green. Preface by James Norton, the author's grandfather, signed by him. A charming illustrated story about an encounter between a boy and a goblin, written …

  • # 12703

    KÖRBER, Philip; BIRD, Robert Montgomery; MALMGREN, Lars August (translator)

    Dampiers lefvernesbeskrifning och reseäfventyr i främmande länder,

    för ungdom bearbetad af Philip Körber. Stockholm : L.G. Rylander, [1849]. Duodecimo, contemporary half morocco over pebbled cloth boards, spine with gilt lettering and ornament, pp 131, illustrated with [4] hand coloured lithographic plates; clean and sound; text in Swedish; [BOUND WITH] Roland Forrester's och hans syster Edithas sällsamma äfventyr bland Wildarne (Swedish adaptation of Robert …

  • # 12617

    [MARTIN, George W.].

    The sentry and the Shell fairy.

    Melbourne: British Imperial Oil, [c. 1922]. Quarto, illustrated card wrappers (fine), 16 pp., very light central verticle crease, six colour plates by Outhwaite, a scarce promotional booklet produced for Shell. The better variant issue with additional Outhwaite illustration on p. 16. Muir 4851.

  • # 12612

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul.

    Sixpence to spend.

    Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1935. Quarto, papered boards, illustrated dustjacket, 92 pp., black and white illustrations, five tipped-in colour plates, sparse foxing to preliminaries and a couple of other leaves, a little canted but very fine. Holden and Muir describe Sixpence as ‘the last real book Ida wrote and illustrated… Amusing and well-executed, the artist’s …

  • # 12692

    SCHULZE-MAIZIER, Friedrich

    [EASTER ISLAND] Остров Пасхи

    Translation of: Die Osterinsel (Leipzig, 1926). Moskva ; Leningrad : OGIZ – Molodaya Gvardiya, 1931. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, pp 174, [2 contents], illustrated with 16 plates, 3 tables and 2 maps; internally very clean, a good copy. Text in Russian. Scarce. Not located in OCLC.

  • # 12637

    DASKEIN, Tarella Quin.

    The other side of nowhere.

    Illustrations by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Melbourne: Robertson & Mullens, 1934. Oblong quarto, illustrated red cloth, 171 pp., name to front free endpaper, illustrated. Muir 1909.

  • # 12627

    LANG, John

    The story of Captain Cook

    With pictures by Will. B. Robinson. London : T. C. & E. C. Jack, n.d. [c. 1910]. Duodecimo, papered boards with pictorial inlay, illustrated dustjacket, pp. 119. A fine copy. 'The Children's Heroes' series.