Children’s Books

  • # 31750


    [CRICKET]. Alice in Holidayland.

    A parody in prose, verse and picture. Perpetrated with apologies to the immortal originals of Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel. Pictures by Frank H. Mason and Noel Pocock. Second edition. Leeds: Chorley & Pickersgill, n.d. [c. 1920]. Oblong quarto, illustrated cards (marked, soiled, a couple of small pen marks and tears along the spine), pp. …

  • # 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 …

  • # 31617

    GIBBS, May

    Little Ragged Blossom &; more about Snugglepot &; Cuddlepie

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, n.d. [c. 1920]. Quarto, illustrated boards, dust jacket with short splits and minor chipping, loss to head of spine, small tape marks to endpapers, cloth spine, slightly canted, illustrated endpapers, pp. 98, illustrated in colour and black and white, otherwise very good condition. Owners inscriptions on endpape. Muir 2752. First …

  • # 31529

    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 (very slight bump to foot of spine) in illustrated dustjacket (very light scratch lower panel); pp. 223, a fine copy with no inscriptions or markings internally. The true first …

  • # 31174

    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 …

  • # 31251

    GILMORE, D.H. (David Hunter)

    The tale of Christopher Cricket

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1946. Quarto, illustrated papered boards in pictorial dust jacket (price clipped), pp 46, with numerous full-page plates (several in colour) and line drawings in the text; a fine copy. Muir 2823.  

  • # 31273

    BINGHAM, Lorna; EDWARDS, George; LAHM, Hartmut (illustrator)

    The lost tribe

    Sydney : Winn & Co, 1943. Quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (Violet Crumble advertisement to lower wrapper); gift inscription dated 1944 to inside upper wrapper, pp 32, with 3 full page colour plates by Hartmut Lahm and line drawings in the text; a good copy. From the George Edwards radio serial The Golden Boomerang. Muir 697.

  • # 31160

    MELLOR, Dorothy (text); WALL, Dorothy (illustrator)

    Mickles and Muckles

    Cover: ‘Gift book of the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia’. [Sydney] : Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia, [c.1928]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers with illustration by Dorothy Wall (separated and held together with short piece of tape at centre of spine, town upper left corner, waterstain across the text block), stapled, [18] pp, illustrated in sepia, …

  • # 31253

    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 (reinforcements to corners); hinges strengthened with binder’s tape; pastedowns with publisher’s advertisements; unpaginated, but approximately 80 pages of text in double columns, with 60 …

  • # 30971

    CLIFFE, Graeme

    From “Sunbeams” to Sunset : the rise and fall of the Australian comic book (1924 to 1965) : an illustrated history

    Margate Beach, Queensland : Comicoz, 2019. Quarto, illustrated laminated boards in dustjacket, illustrated endpapers, pp. ii; 254, extensively illustrated. ‘This book is the culmination of about twenty years of research by Brisbane-based Graeme Cliffe, and comprehensively details the history of the Australian comics medium like never before. This volume will be the one that Australian …

  • # 29269

    DURACK, Mary and DURACK, Elizabeth

    The way of the whirlwind. (Inscribed by Dame Mary Gilmore)

    Sydney : Consolidated Press Ltd., 1943. First edition, later printing. Folio, publisher’s cloth backed pictorial boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped, spine  little frayed at tail), colour illustrated inner boards, front free-endpaper with two inscriptions, the first in blue ink reading: ‘To Shan, Birthday Greetings, from her small Queensland friend William Wallace Gilmore. 7.2.44’ (probably in …

  • # 30694

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul

    Sixpence to spend

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1935. First edition. 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 …

  • # 30695

    TURNER, Ethel

    Happy hearts. A picture book for boys and girls.

    London : Ward Lock & Co., 1908. Quarto, illustrated glazed boards, cloth spine (a little edge wear but a very good copy), illustrated endpapers, pen inscription to front endpapers, colour frontispiece with tissue guard, eight further plates by D. H. Souter, numerous text illustrations by Louis Wain and others. An unusually good copy of one …

  • # 30692

    RENTOUL, Annie R.; RENTOUL, Ida S. (illustrator)

    The lady of the blue beads

    / Her book, being an account of her first blue moon spent on Sun Island. Illustrated by Ida S. Rentoul. Melbourne: George Robertson & Co., [1908]. Quarto, oatmeal cloth boards, the upper board decorated in orange and blue (minor stains and wear), front free endpaper with Edwardian period inscription, 102 pp, illustrated throughout, with thirteen …

  • # 30680

    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, …

  • # 30679

    FOUNIET, Ernest

    Allan, le jeune déporté a Botany-Bay.

    Paris : Martial Ardant, 1845. Third edition. Duodecimo, contemporary blue boards with embossed gilt ornament (rubbed), spine with gilt title and ornament (bumped at head and tail), engraved frontispiece, 260 pp, illustrated; text in French; scattered light foxing, a good copy. A very early children’s book set in Australia. Muir 2598.