Children’s Books

  • # 19756

    PUGH, Clifton; BLASHKI, Pam

    Chai the kangaroo (signed with original pen drawing)

    Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket, illustrated endpapers, pp. 48, illustrated by Clifton Pugh. Signed and inscribed by the author and the artist on the half-title with an original pen drawing of an emu by Pugh.

  • # 19720

    "Author of Little Jessie" [pseud. of Sarah Maria FOY]

    The Australian babes in the wood : a true story told in rhyme for the young

    / by the author of ‘Little Jessie,’ etc. ; illustrated by Hugh Cameron, J. M’Whirter, G. Hay, J. Lawson, etc., and engraved by R. Paterson. London : Griffith and Farran, 1866. Small octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards, upper board with lettering and pictorial device stamped in gilt (boards lightly marked, spine sunned), hinges cracked, …

  • # 19706

    COOK, Hume

    Australian fairy tales. (Presentation copy)

    With illustrations by Christian Yandell. Melbourne : J. Howlett-Ross, 1925. Quarto, decorated cloth (a little discoloured), 140 pp., tipped-in colour frontispiece (small crease), light foxing to preliminaries, 5 additional colour and black and white plates by Christian Yandell (later Waller). Presentation inscription from Hume Cook and his wife to Mr. and Mrs Ross H. McMaster …

  • # 20181

    [CUBA] Abajo el imperialismo! : cuaderno anti-imperialista : para colorear.

    [Habana?] : Imprenta Nacional de Cuba, [between 1960 and 1980]. Oblong folio (280 x 350 mm), original pictorial wrappers (old vertical fold), [32] pp, all black-and-white cartoon illustrations; clean throughout. A children’s colouring book with anti-American political cartoons, published by the Cuban revolutionary government. “Las caricaturas que aparecen en este libro están tomadas de nuestra …

  • # 19966

    GIBBS, May

    Little Ragged Blossom & more about Snugglepot & Cuddlepie

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, [c.1920]. First edition. Quarto, illustrated boards, cloth spine (slightly canted), illustrated endpapers, pp. 98, illustrated in colour and black and white; a very good copy. Muir 2752.

  • # 20065

    The young sailor, or the sea-life of Tom Bowline.

    New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, n.d. [c. 1856]. Duodecimo, printed salmon wrappers with woodcut vignette, 16 pp., illustrated with wood-engravings including a title vignette, 1 text & 5 full-page illustrations.  “Third Series–No. 8” on the front wrapper. A crisp copy. Chapbook tale of young Tom, who is drawn to the sea, and sails on the ship …

  • # 16982

    LISTER, Gladys; O'HARRIS, Pixie (1930-1991) (illustrator)

    The house that beckons.

    / Decorated by Pixie O’Harris, with a few drawings by the author. Sydney : New Century Press, 1940. First edition. Quarto, pictorial papered boards (spine faded) in illustrated dust jacket (mild wear at top edges and head and tail of spine), illustrated endpapers, pp. 122, with numerous full-page illustrations by O’Harris printed in blue and …

  • # 20246

    SAINT-YVES, G. (Georges)


    Tours : Alfred Mame et Fils, [c.1900]. Quarto, publisher’s pictorial red percaline decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, pp 398, [1], wood engraved illustrations, maps; text in French; a superb copy. This strikingly beautiful and lavish fin de siècle French children’s book has much significant Australian content. The first 150 pages are devoted to …

  • # 20114

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    [MAY GIBBS] Christmas Bell Babies grow in Australia. (They sing you Joy).

    Circa 1925. Greeting card (150 x 97 mm), recto with colour process design of Christmas Bell Babies and printed May Gibbs signature, verso blank, very good condition.

  • # 19766

    BONE, Walter H.

    What became of them? Australian stories for children

    Sydney : Walter H. Bone & Co. 1952. Folio, cloth in illustrated dustjacket, pp. 67, illustrated. Limited to 1000 numbered copies (this out of series).

  • # 17236

    MELLOR, Dorothy

    Enchanting Isles

    Sydney : Howard, Whyte & Coy., 1934. First edition. Octavo, half cloth marbled boards (minor chipping, stained, spine sunned), pp 112. With six illustrations by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite.

  • # 19474


    Australian nursery rimes selected from the Bulletin for the Children’s Hospital.

    Sydney : Brooks, [1917]. Square octavo, publisher’s pictorial linen wrappers with illustration by Harry Weston (mild foxing front and back, short split along spine), [12] pp (some foxing and staining), with colour and monochrome illustrations by Harry J Weston, D.H. Souter, Percy Leason, Norman Lindsay, David Low and B. E. Minns. A scarce and fragile …

  • # 19469

    MILLS, Alfred

    [COOK]. Costumes of different nations, in miniature, from drawings by Alfred Mills.

    London : Darton, Harvey, & Darton, and J. Harris,  1814. Miniature book, 62 x 62 mm., publisher’s roan (expertly rebacked), gilt-lettering to spine, child’s name to preliminary blank, 96 pp. with 47 copperplate illustrations of people of the world, a very good copy. A charming miniature being an ethnographical tour of different races of the …

  • # 19636

    BANCKS, James C.

    The “Sunbeams” Book : Further adventures of Ginger Meggs. Series 4.

    Sydney : Printed for Sun Newspapers Limited by Simmons Limited, 1927. First edition. Large quarto, original pictorial wrappers (silverfishing, spine reinforced with archival tape), pp [32], all colour comic strip cartoons; internally very clean. Muir 437.

  • # 19634

    BANCKS, James C.

    The “Sunbeams'” Book : More adventures of Ginger Meggs. Series 5.

    Sydney : Printed for Sun Newspapers Limited by Simmons Limited, 1928. First edition. Large quarto, original pictorial wrappers (short paper split at tail of spine, lower wrapper with light staining and some red crayon marks), staple bound, pp [32], all colour comic strip cartoons; a couple of leaves with handling marks to the margins, else …

  • # 19419

    FLEMING, W. M.

    Bunyip says so. A tale of the Australian bush

    With illustrations in colour and black and white by R. W. Sturgess. Melbourne : Edward A. Vidler, [1922]. Quarto, papered boards with colour illustration by Sturgess, pp. 77, 6 colour plates, black and white vignettes, largely unopened, a fine copy. Muir 2557.