Children’s Books

  • # 29365


    [GOLD RUSH; ABORIGINES] Collection of die-cut scraps with Australian motifs.

    [Germany] : s.n., [circa 1880]. Group of 18 embossed die-cut scraps (designed for use in a child’s scrap album), from an Australian-themed series depicting scenes and individual figures including gold diggers, squatters, Aborigines, and ships, and including one scrap printed with the series title Australia; maximum diameter 55 mm, all in good condition. A lovely little …

  • # 29364

    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 (208 mm), original pictorial wrappers, stapled, pp 64; palewater stain to bottom margin of all leaves, a fair copy, but worth the price of admission just for the cover design (very much a product of its time). …

  • # 29358


    [MISSIONS] Talks on victories of love in many lands

    : a book for leaders of missionary classes of boys and girls from 8 to 12 years old. Cover: For workers among boys and girls. London : CMS, [circa 1910]. Small quarto, original stiff pictorial wrappers (short split to paper at head of spine, contemporary ownership inscription to upper wrapper), 27 pp, illustrated, maps; preliminaries …

  • # 29343

    SHUTE, E. L.

    I love sixpence, pretty little sixpence

    London : Marcus Ward & Co., [1890?]. Square octavo (175 x 140 mm), publisher’s pictorial wrappers (lightly marked), [8] pp, each page with a superb chromolithograph illustration incorporating silver leaf; a couple of pages with light handling marks to the margins, else internally fine; a very good copy. Delightfully illustrated and beautifully printed English nursery …

  • # 28354

    HUGHES, Edward

    Outlines of physical geography, (signed presentation copy)

    descriptive of the inorganic matter of the globe and the distribution of organized beings; designed for the use of schools. London : Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1850. Second edition, greatly enlarged. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (spine faded), pp. viii; 260; (8 – adverts.), seven hand-coloured maps of the world, and one of the British Isles, …

  • # 28529


    History of John Robins the sailor

    Dublin : George Folds, 1834. Second edition. Duodecimo, self-wrappers, pp. 12, stitchbound, woodcut to upper panel, small loss to corner, very good condition. A story of a sailor who find peace in Salvation after a lifetime at sea. The first Dublin edition of 1823 is recorded in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, while this …

  • # 28519

    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, pp. 62, photographically illustrated. The first English-language children’s book to discuss male homosexuality, highly influential in public debate over the discussion of homosexuality in public schools. First published in Danish under …

  • # 28560

    LONGHURST, Percy


    London : Frederick Warne & Co., [1928]. Series: Warne’s “Recreation” Books. Octavo (180 x 125 mm), original colour pictorial wrappers (light staining, upper wrapper with early owner’s name in ink, paper loss at spine ends), half-title with child’s gift inscription (1920s), pp 64, [2]; a few pages with underlining or corner bends, occasional spotting, otherwise …

  • # 27610

    Maker unknown.

    [PLATYPUS] Hand-painted magic lantern glass slide with depictions of exotic animals.

    [U.K. : s.n., circa 1860]. Panorama format (45 x 235 mm sight), set within the original timber mount (70 x 260 mm), with four hand-painted designs over an opaque black-painted background, each with a caption etched by hand: Ornithorhincus (sic); Flying Squirrel; Beaver; Otter; no maker’s label or imprint; the slide is in very good …

  • # 25540

    VERNE, Jules

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

    Illustres de 172 vignettes par Riou, gravees par Pannemaker. Series title: Voyages extraordinaires. Paris : Bibliothèque d’éducation et de récréation, J. Hetzel et Cie., n.d. [circa 1890]. Large octavo, three volumes in one, original publisher’s red cloth gilt, spine in morocco with gilt lettering and decoration, light edge wear, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece, 624 …

  • # 27672

    REED, A. W.

    Aboriginal fables and legendary tales

    Illustrated by E. H. Papps. Sydney : A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1965. Octavo, decorated papers boards (lightly marked), pp. 144, light foxing to edges, text in two columns, illustrated. Aboriginal legends rewritten for non-indigenous Australian children in the 1960s.

  • # 27326

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888 - 1960)

    When HE goes back to town

    Pen and ink on card, 420 x 280 mm, signed in full ‘Ida S. Rentoul”, titled in the image, framed. A stunning large format drawing with intricate penwork, illustrating two lovers separated by distance, in a uniquely Australian setting. This exquisite drawing is a fine example of Ida Sherbourne Rentoul’s skill with pen and ink, …

  • # 26267

    LETAILLE, Charles (1815 - 1908)

    Le tour du monde, ou Jeu du petit voyageur.

    Dédié aux Enfans studieux. Par Charles Letaille. [Title on box lid]. Paris : Charles Letaille, [circa 1839]. Box of thick card, 212 x 310 x 41 mm, the lid with lithographed title and hand-coloured lithographic onlay ‘Passage d’une rivière dans une foret du Brésil’, and a pressed paper border decorated in gilt; the interior of the …

  • # 27189

    HAMILTON, Bruce

    [NEW GUINEA] Folk tales of the Fuzzy Wuzzies : seven folk lore stories from Papua

    / by Bruce Hamilton ; illustrations by Sheila Farquharson. Sydney : Ayers & James, [1945]. Octavo (210 x 140 mm), publisher’s pictorial wrappers (spine with small paper loss at tail), staple bound, pp 99, with line illustrations in the text; a very good copy.

  • # 27188

    CHAMPION, Ivan (1904-1989)

    Across New Guinea

    / by Ivan Champion. Simplified and abridged by E. P. W. Marriott. Illustrated by Pamela Lindsay ; in association with the South Pacific Commission Literature Bureau. Melbourne : Longmans Green and Co., 1955. First edition. “Bonito series”. Small octavo (182 x 122 mm), publisher’s pictorial wrappers (spine sunned and with a short paper split at tail), staple …

  • # 27227


    [NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Torchbearers of Papua

    London : London Missionary Society, [probably between 1950 and 1960]. Duodecimo (158 x 113 mm), original printed buff card wrappers, stitchbound; pp 40, map on inside upper wrapper, line illustrations throughout; a fine copy. A little publication designed to be carried by Papuan members of the LMS, to give them spiritual guidance in the form …