Children’s Books

  • # 23989

    BREARLEY, John (pseud. of John James Brearley GARBUTT)

    Captain Satan!

    London, U.K. : The Boys’ Friend Library, 5 November 1936. Series: The Boys’ Friend Library, no 550. Square octavo (173 x 137 mm), original pictorial wrappers (small loss of paper mid-spine), 96 pp, one line-drawn illustration at the head of the text, publisher’s illustrated advertisements to inside wrappers; a very good, clean copy. ‘Modern pirate …

  • # 23448

    DENNIS, C. J.

    A book for kids

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, [1921]. First edition. Quarto, papered boards with cover illustration by C. J. Dennis (some small areas of colour infill), cloth spine (flecked), pictorial endpapers, contemporary inscription to preliminary blank, colour frontispiece and title page by Hal Gye, pp. 118, illustrated in black and white by Dennis himself, a fine copy …

  • # 23851

    D'OMBRAIN, A. W.

    O Nita Rinkus : the story of an Easter egg

    Illustrated by Mary M. Abbott. Sydney : Australasian Medical Publishing Company, 1946. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (with one of two variant illustrations, this of man shooting a platypus), pp. 37, illustrated. Muir 2052

  • # 24015

    RENTOUL, Annie R. and OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul.

    The little green road to Fairyland.

    London: A. & C. Black, 1922 (1932 reprint). Quarto, lettered cloth, in the very rare illustrated dustjacket (chips to head and foot of spine), 103 pp., 8 colour and 8 black and white plates. One of the classic illustrated Outhwaite titles, published in large format by A. & C. Black. Rare in the dust jacket. …

  • # 24017

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul and OUTHWAITE, Grenby.

    The enchanted forest

    London: A. & C. Black, 1925. Second edition. Quarto, lettered cloth (spine foxed), 93 pp., 16 colour and 16 black and white plates, foxing to endpapers and preliminaries, continuing intermittently through the text, previous owner’s name to endpaper, original dust jacket (a little chipped at edges). The first of A. & C. Black’s large format …

  • # 23853

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul and OUTHWAITE, Grenby.

    The enchanted forest

    London: A. & C. Black, 1921. First edition. Quarto, papered boards (edges rubbed), 93 pp., 16 colour and 16 black and white plates, foxing to endpapers and preliminaries, continuing intermittently through the text, previous owner’s bookplate to half-title, original dust jacket (a few chips with loss). The first of A. & C. Black’s large format …

  • # 23768

    Gum Tree Brownie and other faërie folk of the Never-Never.

    Melbourne: George Robertson [1907]. First edition. Oblong quarto, pictorial bevelled green cloth boards (lightly rubbed), marbled endpapers, foreword by Ethel Turner, 184 pp, illustrated, clean internally, a fine copy of the scarce first edition. The third book illustrated by Ida Rentoul. Muir 1903.

  • # 23997

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Wattle babies

    / by May Gibbs. Sydney : Angus & Robertson Ltd. [W.C. Penfold & Co Printers Sydney], [1918-22]. Tall octavo (220 x 142 mm), publisher’s printed cream wrappers with pictorial onlay to front, original ties; pp [24], with colour frontispiece, illustrated title page, and 11 full page sepia illustrations; a fine copy. Muir 2738. May Gibbs’ …

  • # 23696

    [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul, illustrator]

    The Australian wonder book

    Melbourne, Vic. : Home Entertainment Library, 1935. Quarto, original quarter red cloth over pictorial boards, spine with gilt lettering and ornament (short split to spine, edges a little worn), lacking the front free endpaper, 351 pp, black and white illustrations, a good copy of this publication. Muir, 3125. Contains four complete books (The little black …

  • # 23511


    [BOTANY BAY] The Gamester.

    Also titled: The story of poor Tricket the Gamester. London : Sold by J. Marshall, (Printer to the Cheap Repository for moral and religious tracts) No. 17, Queen-Street, Cheapside, and No. 4, Aldermary Church Yard, and R. White, Piccadilly, London. By S. Hazard, at Bath, and by all Booksellers, newsmen, and hawkers in town and …

  • # 23240

    PARSONS, Alice Mary (née FULLER)

    Jabberwock, 1916

    [Cover title]. Also titled: Jabberwock : a school-girls’ paper, 1917 (wording on title-page). Strathfield, NSW : “Wooroonook” [A.M. Parsons], November 1916 (date from editorial, page 1). Quarto (270 x 220 mm), hand coloured overlapping pictorial wrappers (chipping and a few old tape repairs to edges), staple bound, 16 mimeographed pages printed recto only, illustrated title-page with …

  • # 23456

    PEDLEY, Ethel C.

    Dot and the Kangaroo. Adapted for stage representation by Stella Chapman and Douglas Ancelon.

    Sydney: Angus & Roberston, 1924. Octavo, cloth in defective dustjacket, pp. 74, 4 plates in colour by Alfred T. Clint. Foxing to edges and preliminaries. A good copy. Muir 5934. First edition in play format. With the wetstamp of Melbourne anarchist bookseller Will Andrade.

  • # 23428

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Little Ragged Blossom & more about Snugglepot & Cuddlepie

    By May Gibbs. Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing, 1929. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (marked and flecked, staples rusted), pp 85, black and white plates, line drawings in the text. First published in 192o, this is a reduced format ‘Gumnut Reader’ edition.

  • # 23361

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul.

    Bunny & Brownie.

    The adventures of George & Wiggle. London : A. & C. Black, 1930. Quarto, papered boards with cloth spine and pasted on illustrated title label, a little wear to corners and spine tape marks to endpapers and previous owner’s name, 99 pp., 8 colour and 8 black and white plates, occasional light foxing, a good …

  • # 23558

    [CHRISTIE, Connie, 1908 - 1989]

    ABC Picture Book

    [Melbourne ? : s.n., circa 1950]. Cloth picture book, pp. [10], printed on cotton, each page with an illustration of a letter of the alphabet; no imprint, but the front cover image is signed by the artist and the copyright statement says ‘printed in Japan’. ‘In World War II Christie was invited to write and …

  • # 23376

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    London : Bloomsbury, 1997 [after 2000]. Printed and bound in Australia by Australian Print Group, Marlborough, Vic. Sixteenth impression of the first Australian edition. Octavo, laminated wrappers (lightly marked), pp. 223, advertisements for the three subsequent books in the series, light handling marks, else a very good copy. The true first edition of Harry Potter …