Children’s Books

  • # 19199

    WHITFIELD, J.M.; LAMBERT, George Washington (illustrator), 1873-1930

    [GEORGE WASHINGTON LAMBERT] The spirit of the bush fire and other stories

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1898 (but the 1901 issue). Octavo, publisher’s pictorial brown cloth (light water stain to lower board, edges rubbed), prize label to front pastedown, pp. xii, 313, 16 (publisher’s advertisements), illustrated by George Washington Lambert, with 32 full-page plates and numerous drawings in the text; a very good copy. Muir 7972. The advertisements in …

  • # 19198

    WAGNER, Hermann

    Atlas d’histoire naturelle : coup d’oeil sur l’histoire naturelle des cinq parties du monde.

    48 planches coloriées, accompagnées d’un texte explicatif. At head of title: Méthode d’enseignement par l’aspect. Paris : Librairie française et étrangère (R. Schultz), [c.1880]. Large quarto, bound in modern half calf over papered boards with gilt lettered spine, pp 28 (explanatory text for each plate), followed by 24 double-page chromolithographic plates, plate XXIV illustrating Australian …

  • # 19196

    STRANG, Herbert

    The air scout : a story of national defence

    /​ by Herbert Strang ; illustrated in colour by W.R.S. Stott. London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1912. First edition. Large octavo, original pictorial cloth boards lettered in gilt, front pastedown with school prize certificate dated 1916, pp x, 431, illustrated with [10] full-page colour plates, maps, a fine copy. A work of fiction for juvenile …

  • # 17232

    MUELLER, Ferdinand, Baron von (1825-1896)

    Introduction to botanic teachings at the schools of Victoria

    Melbourne : John Ferres, Government Printer, 1877. Octavo, printed cloth boards (stained, and with old Victorian Dept. of Education stamp), later bookplate to front pastedown, library stamp on title page, pp 152, illustrated with line drawings throughout; scattered foxing, a fair copy. German-born Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller (1825-1869) was appointed as Victorian …

  • # 18394

    Hübner, Johann

    Zweymal zwey und fünfzig auserlesene Biblische Historien aus dem Alten und Neuen Testamente, der Jugend zum Besten abgefasset …

    Sion : auf Kosten christlicher Eltern für die Jugend, 1786. Duodecimo, contemporary full red calf, upper and lower boards with ornate gilt borders (rubbed), spine in compartments with gilt ornament and contrasting leather title label lettered in gilt (somewhat faded), front hinge cracked, gold endpapers, first blank with original owner’s inscription in red ink ‘Johannes …

  • # 16770

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul and OUTHWAITE, Grenby.

    The little fairy sister.

    London: A. & C. Black, 1929. Second edition. Quarto, patterned cloth (light flecking to spine), 91 pp., colour and black and white plates, occasional light foxing, a very good copy. Muir 5599.

  • # 18703

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888 - 1960)

    Elves and fairies have thee in their keeping

    [Also known as Fairy Music]. Watercolour on card, 290 x 360 mm, initialed in ink lower centre ‘I.R.O’, titled in pencil lower left. A stunning watercolour painted by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite as an illustration for the book of verse by her sister Annie Rentoul, Elves and Fairies (1916), but not included in the final publication. Exhibited …

  • # 17464

    MALTBY, Peg (née Agnes Newberry) (1899-1984)

    Pepita’s Baby : the archive of original watercolours by Peg Maltby

    A suite of nine original watercolours on card, measuring from 160 x 160mm to 250 x 185 mm, including the original illustrations for the front and back covers. Signed in Maltby’s maiden name ‘Agnes Newberry’ on the front cover; accompanied by a copy of the original publication (Melbourne : Murphett, 1944). The complete original artwork …

  • # 15404

    SÉGUR, Comtesse de; STERRETT, Virginia (1900-1931), illustrator

    Old French fairy tales

    Illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett. Philadelphia : Penn Publishing Company, [1920]. Quarto, gilt lettered cloth (slightly dulled along spine and rubbed at lower edge), pictorial onlay to upper board; decorated endpapers, with black-and-white illustrations and 8 magnificent colour plates; a fine copy. The first commissioned work by the precociously talented American illustrator Virginia Sterrett, completed when …

  • # 18797


    An attempt to eat the moon and other stories recounted from the Aborigines.

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1958. Quarto, publisher’s cloth boards in illustrated dust jacket (occasional minor tears), pp. 52, illustrations by Elizabeth Durack; a good copy.

  • # 18796

    OVER, Elsie M. (Maud); OVER, Frank (illustrator)

    Wim-wam tales

    / by Elsie M. Over; illustrations, Frank Over. Perth [W.A.] : Patersons Printing, [1945]. First edition. ‘Revised and printed by kind permission of “The Western Mail”‘. Small quarto, publisher’s cloth backed pictorial papered boards in the original dust jacket (chipped at tail of spine, stain on front wrapper), 36 pp, illustrated in black-and-white; preliminaries with …

  • # 18781

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The Castafiore emerald

    London : Methuen & Co., 1963. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed and with a few scratches, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; a couple of pages with a tiny amount of foxing, otherwise clean throughout, binding firm; a very good first edition copy.

  • # 18758

    LISTER, Gladys; ABBOTT, Joyce (ill.)

    Grandpuff and Leafy

    Sydney : Marchant & Co., 1943. Second impression. Octavo, illustrated boards (minor loss to head of spine), bookseller sticker to lower of front pastedown, pencil inscription to front free endpaper, colour frontispiece, pp 54, with 5 colour plates and black and white illustrations in the text. Muir 4305.

  • # 18750

    SALGARI, Emilio (1862-1911)

    [CHILDREN’S] Au Pôle sud à bicyclette

    Traduction de l’Italien par J. Fargeau ; illustrations de Cazenove et Fontanez. Paris : Delagrave, c. 1908. Quarto, original pictorial boards gilt (lightly rubbed), pictorial spine with gilt lettering and decoration (rubbed), all edges gilt, 240 pp, illustrated; a very good copy. Text in French. A translation from the Italian of Salgari’s Al Polo Australe …

  • # 17972

    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 in illustrated dustjacket (very pale foxing); previous owner’s name in pen to front pastedown, pp. 223, very pale foxing to preliminaries else a very good copy. The true first …

  • # 17970

    BILOTTA, Clemente

    [OCEANIA] Geografia per uso dei fanciulli del signor Clemente Bilotta.

    Napoli : Raffaele Miranda, 1825. Third edition. Small octavo, contemporary vellum over boards, spine with gilt stamped lettering and ornament; page 2, signed by the author, is a legal statement to the effect that any unsigned copy of this book is to be regarded as counterfeit; pp 212; scattered foxing, title page with red pencil …