Christmas Children's Books

With Christmas almost upon us, we are delighted to offer a selection of children’s books.

The list includes Australian illustrators such as May Gibbs, Dorothy Wall, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite and Pixie O’Harris, Tintin first editions, and A.A. Milne ephemera.

We trust there are books to delight both young and old – and hope you find a stocking filler or two.

  • # 17068

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Snugglepot and Cuddlepie : their adventures wonderful

    / Pictures and words by May Gibbs. Cover title: Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, [1918]. First edition, first printing (“seventeenth thousand”). Quarto, publisher’s cloth backed illustrated papered boards with colour onlay to front (fine), in the rare original illustrated dust jacket (rubbed, and with some mild edge wear, but very …

  • # 17058

    WALL, Dorothy (1894-1942)

    Blinky Bill grows up

    / story and decorations by Dorothy Wall. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1934. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s printed papered boards (lightly marked, spine sunned), 16 full-page plates and line illustrations in the text; mild scattered foxing, more pronounced on the first and last few leaves; otherwise clean and sound, a very good copy. Muir …

  • # 17245

    QUIN, Tarella; OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (ill.)

    Before the lamps are lit

    Melbourne : George Robertson & Co., [1911]. Oblong quarto, illustrated cloth boards (minor rubbing), inscription on front endpaper, pp 189. A compilation of six children’s stories with engravings by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Muir 1907.

  • # 17093

    TURNER, Ethel S.

    Seven little Australians

    London : Ward Lock & Bowden, 1894. First edition. Octavo, gilt-illustrated cloth over bevelled boards (recased, preserving original spine, loss to cloth at head and tail, new endpapers), all edges gilt, half-title, pp. 240, 16 (publisher’s catalogue); illustrated with vignette line drawings and several full-page plates; very occasional and mild handling wear to edges of …

  • # 17267

    O'HARRIS, Pixie (1930-1991)

    Marmaduke the possum

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1942. First edition. Quarto, pictorial papered boards (lightly foxed) in illustrated dust jacket (chipped at head of spine, worn at bottom edge of rear panel), colour frontispiece, pp. 165, illustrated by O’Harris (including several full-page black-and-white plates); a very good copy. Muir 5502.

  • # 16935

    CARROLL, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1832-1898; BLACKMAN, Charles (illustrator)

    Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    / Lewis Carroll / Illustrated by Charles Blackman / Edited by Nadine Amadio. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1982. Quarto, orange boards in pictorial dust jacket (spine sunned, as commonly found), illustrated endpapers, pp. 128, illustrated in colour with Blackman’s iconic paintings inspired by the famous children’s book; a fine copy. Blackman’s series of Alice …

  • # 17021

    GAZE, Harold

    The merry piper, or the magical trip of the sugar bowl ship

    `London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1925. Quarto, illustrated cloth in illustrated dustjacket and glassine, illustrated endpapers, colour frontispiece, pp. [vi]; 7 additional colour plates, black and white illustrations. First edition. Rare in the dustjacket. Harold Gaze was born in New Zealand and studied at art school in London during the First World War, after …

  • # 16930

    STREDDER, Eleanor

    Archie’s find : a story of Australian life

    London : Thomas Nelson, 1890. First edition. Small octavo, publisher’s gilt pictorial cloth (very lightly rubbed), front free-endpaper with original owner’s inscription dated 1894, frontispiece plate with tissue guard intact, illustrated title, pp 160; a fine copy. Muir 7193. A children’s adventure story set in Australia, written by the British author Eleanor Stredder (1823-1913).  

  • # 17120

    BARRETT, Charles (1879-1959)

    Rambles around the zoo

    Melbourne : Whitcombe & Tombs, 1923. Octavo, pictorial cloth-covered boards (some rubbing), original dust jacket, bookplate on front pastedown, pp. 123. Illustrated with photographs of zoo animals, reproduced from The Herald. Scarce in dust jacket.

  • # 17091

    MACDONALD, Alexander

    The hidden nugget : a story of the Australian goldfields

    London : Blackie and Son Limited, 1910. First edition. Thick octavo, original pictorial blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper board and spine, olivine edges, grey endpapers, first blank with pencilled gift inscription dated Xmas 1909 (predating publication date!), pp 284, [16] publisher’s advertisements, illustrated with 7 monochrome plates; occasional light foxing, but a fine …

  • # 17102

    HOWITT, William (1792-1879)

    A boy’s adventures in the wilds of Australia: or, Herbert’s note-book

    London, Glasgow and New York : George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [between 1870 and 1880?]. Octavo, pictorial cloth blocked in two colours and lettered in gilt (boards rubbed, slight edge wear, spine a little softened at head and tail), front pastedown with later ex libris, free-endpaper with school prize inscription dated 1888 and inscription to …

  • # 17272

    HOLDEN, Robert.

    A golden age : a treasury of Australian children’s fantasy classics

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson,1992. Quarto, 2 vols, boards with illustrated dustjacket, housed in illustrated slipcase, pp 192, 455. Vol.1 being Through the Magic Door : A Collection of Australia’s  Classic Fantasy Writing and Vol 2. being Visions of Fantasy. Australia’s Fantasy Illustrators: Their Lives and Works.

  • # 17029

    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.

  • # 17030

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] Red Rackham’s treasure

    London : Methuen & Co., 1959. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed and with a few scratches, corners bumped), hinges cracked, 62 pp, all colour illustrations; original child owner’s name to first blank and title, occasional handling marks to margins and a tiny amount of foxing, otherwise clean …

  • # 17031

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The Red Sea sharks

    London : Methuen & Co., 1960. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed and with a few scratches, corners bumped), hinges cracked, 62 pp, all colour illustrations; original child owner’s name to first blank, occasional handling marks to margins and a tiny amount of foxing, otherwise clean throughout; a …

  • # 17033

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] Destination moon

    London : Methuen & Co., 1968. Third UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; light foxing to preliminaries and edges of leaves, otherwise clean throughout.

  • # 17034

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The secret of the Unicorn

    London : Methuen & Co., 1959. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; occasional light foxing to the edges of the leaves, otherwise clean throughout, binding firm; a very good first edition copy.

  • # 17036

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The Calculus affair

    London : Methuen & Co., 1960. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; original child owner’s name to first blank, a few leaves with a tiny amount of foxing, otherwise clean throughout, binding firm; a very good first edition copy.

  • # 17037

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The seven crystal balls

    London : Methuen & Co., 1962. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped), front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting; 62 pp, all colour illustrations; scattered foxing to margins and edges of leaves, otherwise clean throughout; a fair first edition copy.

  • # 17038

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] Tintin in Tibet

    London : Methuen & Co., 1962. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; occasional light foxing to the edges of the leaves, otherwise clean throughout, binding firm; a very good first edition copy.

  • # 17040

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The shooting star

    London : Methuen & Co., 1961. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed, corners bumped), hinges cracked, 62 pp, all colour illustrations; original child owner’s name to first blank, a tiny amount of foxing to the edges of the leaves, otherwise clean throughout; a fair first edition copy.

  • # 17043

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] Flight 714

    London : Methuen & Co., 1968. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards, 62 pp, all colour illustrations; light foxing to preliminaries and edges of the leaves, otherwise clean throughout, binding firm; a very good first edition copy.

  • # 17064

    "BERTIE BEETLE" [DE JAUNAY, Hubert]

    Gilbert Guinea Pig and other tales

    / by Bertie Beetle (H. de J.) ; illustrated by The Santrys. Sydney : Consolidated Press, 1943. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial papered boards (fine) in scarce original dust jacket (pale foxing), illustrated endpapers, illustrated in colour and black-and-white throughout; scattered mild foxing, otherwise clean; binding firm, a very good copy. Muir 1988.

  • # 17062

    LISTER, Gladys

    The little round garden

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, [1946]. Second edition. Small quarto, publisher’s cloth backed illustrated papered boards in original dust jacket, illustrated endpapers, first blank with early gift inscription and later ex libris, colour frontispiece plate, pp 111, illustrated with sepia line drawings in the text; an exceptional copy. Muir 4296. This second edition of Lister’s …

  • # 17059

    CARTER, Margaret; HILL, I.G. (illustrator)

    The adventures of Billy Bee

    London : Background Books [by arrangement with Domus Publishing, Melbourne], 1946. First UK edition. Small quarto, publisher’s cloth backed pictorial papered boards (fine) in the original dust jacket (edge wear and rubbing, pale stain around the tail of spine), 79 pp, with 5 colour plates and line illustrations in the text; internally spotless, a fine …

  • # 16937

    DURACK, Mary & Elizabeth.

    The magic trumpet

    London and Melbourne : Cassell, [1946]. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial boards in dust jacket (chipped at corners and head and tail of spine), pp [48], colour and sepia illustrations throughout; internally clean and sound, a very good copy.

  • # 17255

    RENTOUL, Annie R.; OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (Ill.)

    [SHEET MUSIC] Australian songs for young and old

    Melbourne: Allan & Co., [1924]. Oblong quarto, illustrated wrappers (the cover illustration the light brown and red version), inscription inside front wrapper, 28 pp., illustrated. Imperial edition 335. First published 1907. Muir 6339.

  • # 17026

    SENDAK, Maurice (1928-2012)

    Outside over there

    London : Bodley Head, 1981. First UK edition. Oblong quarto, red cloth boards lettered in gilt, in original illustrated dust jacket (rubbed at head of spine, short tear to bottom edge of rear panel), pp [40], illustrated in colour; a fine copy.

  • # 17063

    DOWNING, Brownie; MANSFIELD, John

    Tinka and his friends

    Edinburgh ; London ; Melbourne : Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., 1960. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s pictorial papered boards (lightly marked, spine sunned), gift inscription to front free-endpaper, 48 pp, colour illustrations; internally bright and clean, binding firm. Muir 2116.

  • # 16975

    HENRIQUES, Gillian

    The city child’s nature book

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1945. First edition. Small oblong quarto, publisher’s pictorial papered boards (corners worn, original owner’s name to upper board), spiral bound, front pastedown with gift inscription dated Xmas 1945, front endpaper with original owner’s inscription, [44] pp, with full-page colour illustrations throughout accompanied by descriptions of the illustrated subjects on the facing …

  • # 17264

    HOLDEN, Robert.

    Twinkle twinkle Southern Cross : the forgotten folklore of Australian nursery rhymes

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1992. Oblong quarto, pictorial wrappers, pp 99.

  • # 17261

    ANDERSON, Hugh

    The singing roads : a guide to Australian children’s author and illustrators

    Sydney: The Wentworth Press, 1965. Quarto, buff wrappers, pp 117, 77. With photographic plates of some authors.

  • # 17258

    DASKEIN, Tarella Quin; OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (illustrator)

    The Other Side of Nowhere

    Illustrations by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Melbourne: Robertson & Mullens, 1934. Oblong quarto, illustrated blue cloth, lacking dustjacket, 171 pp., illustrated. Muir 1909.

  • # 16932

    TEMPLE, Frances; CORRIGAN, Mabel (illustrator)

    Shopping in Creepyville

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1946. First edition. Large octavo, original cloth backed pictorial boards (corners bumped, a few tiny silverfish marks), illustrated endpapers, [21] pp; illustrated with colour plates and line drawings in the text; one leaf with small closed tear at fore-edge, else very good throughout. Muir 7278. Scarce. A rhyme on each facing …

  • # 17203

    REES, Leslie; CUNNINGHAM, Walter (illustrator)

    Gecko, the lizard who lost his tail

    Sydney : John Sands Pty. Ltd., [1944]. First edition. “Copyright 1943” (last page). Small oblong quarto, publisher’s pictorial papered boards, illustrated endpapers, pp [32], with colour and sepia illustrations throughout; an exceptional copy first edition copy. Leslie Rees’ much loved story was re-published (with new illustrations by Tony Oliver) in several editions in the 1970s and …

  • # 17106

    ROWAN, (Marian) Ellis (1847-922)

    Bill Baillie : his life and adventures. (Presentation copy)

    … With eight coloured illustrations by the author and numerous black and white drawings by Jack Sommers. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs, [1908]. Oblong quarto, pictorial cloth over bevelled boards (light rubbing and foxing), front pastedown with ex libris of ‘Henry L. White, Belltrees, Scone, NSW, Australian Ornithology, Philately and Bibliography’, patterned endpapers; a presentation …

  • # 17098

    [POWER] CLARKE, Phyllis M. (1887 - 1977)

    The tale of Billy Flea’s experiences

    Illustrated by Beatrice A. Robertson. Melbourne : Melville & Mullen, 1912. Duodecimo, papered boards with pictorial inlay (letters rubbed), endpapers replaced, pp. 79, colour plates. Charming illustrated work by Phillis M. Clarke, pen name for Phyllis M. Power. Very rare, only two copies recorded in Australian libraries (SLNSW; Monash University) and a single example recorded …

  • # 17192

    [STEWART, E.A., editor]; [RICHARDSON, Gwyneth, illustrator]; CARROLL, Lewis, (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1832-1898

    Through the looking-glass, and what Alice found there (adapted from the story by Lewis Carroll)

    Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, N.Z. ; Melbourne, Sydney, London : Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, [1934?]. Series: Whitcombe’s story books ; no. 443. “For ages 9 to 10 years”. Small octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers (owner’s inscription to upper wrapper), 74 pp, illustrated; small toning spot at fore-edges of leaves, else a very good copy.

  • # 17123

    BRUCE, Mary Grant (1878-1958)

    Rossiter’s farm

    … For children aged 10 to 12 years. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs, [1939]. Series: Whitcombe’s story books ; no. 521. Small octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers, frontispiece illustration by Esther Paterson, 95 pp; an exceptional copy. Muir 1109.

  • # 17121

    BRUCE, Mary Grant (1878-1958)

    The cousin from town

    … For children aged 10 to 12 years. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs, [1939]. Series: Whitcombe’s story books ; no. 522. Small octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers with original Whitcombe and Tombs sticker to front, frontispiece illustration by Esther Paterson, 108 pp; an exceptional copy. Muir 1110.

  • # 17050

    BRIDGES, Hilda

    Connie of the fourth form

    Auckland … Melbourne and Sydney : Whitcombe and Tombs, [c1940]. Series: Whitcombe’s story books ; no. 542. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers (a little sunned), stapled, 88 pp, illustrated; a fine copy. Muir 958. Six copies are recorded in Australian collections (Deakin University Library; LINC Tasmania; Monash University Library; State Library of Victoria; National Library of …

  • # 16938

    O'HARRIS, Pixie (1930-1991)

    Pearl Pinkie and Sea Greenie : the story of two little rock-sprites

    / told and decorated by Pixie O’Harris. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1942. Third edition. Small quarto, original plain card in pictorial dust jacket (loss at edges and corners of front and rear panels), 64 pp, illustrated with [4] full-page colour plates and line drawings in the text; paper browned (as usual), but internally very clean …

  • # 17061

    DOUGLAS, Lorna; PATERSON, Betty (illustrator)

    These golden days

    / verses by Lorna Douglas ; illustrations by Betty Paterson. Fitzroy [Vic.] : Printed by Morris &​ Walker, [195-?]. Large oblong octavo, publisher’s pictorial papered boards in original dust wrapper, pp 28, illustrated with line drawings in the text; a fine copy. Muir 2077.

  • # 17265

    PRENTICE, Jeffrey; BIRD, Bettina

    Dromkeen : a journey into children’s literature (deluxe edition)

    Melbourne : J.M. Dent, 1987. Quarto, cloth boards with gilt lettering, in matching cloth slipcase with paste down plate, pp 175. Numbered 14 of 100, with signature of Joyce Oldmeadow, a founder of the Dromkeen Collection.

  • # 17266

    MEREDITH, Louisa Anne

    Tasmanian friends and foes : feathered, furred and finned

    London : Marcus Ward, 1881. Second edition. Small quarto, original gilt decorated green cloth (boards lightly rubbed), all edges gilt, gift inscription to children in Yorkshire by Thos. Hainsworth, explorer of the Mersey-Don Coalfield in Tasmania, dated ‘La Trobe, Tasmania, 9th January 1884’ laid in on front pastedown, gilt decorated endpapers, pp 259, illustrated with 8 …

  • # 17262

    PRENTICE, Jeffrey

    The little bookroom : fifty years with children’s books

    Melbourne : Braidwood Press, 2010. Octavo pictorial wrappers, signed on colophon with inscription by author, pp 231. Edition of 500.

  • # 17329

    MILNE, A.A. / SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrator)

    [CHILDREN’S] The Christopher Robin calendar 1929

    London : Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1929. Quarto, illustrated card covers (string-bound, lightly foxed), with twelve card pages (clean and bright). A wall calendar, each month of the year with a verse by A.A. Milne accompanied by E.H. Shepard’s illustrations. An excellent example and scarce. Together with the original prospectus (single sheet, 160 x 100 …

  • # 17328

    MILNE, A.A. / SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrator)

    [CHILDREN’S] The Pooh calendar

    London : Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1930. Quarto, illustrated card covers (string-bound, lightly foxed and with some traces of silverfish to front), with twelve card pages (clean and bright). A wall calendar, each month of the year with a seasonally appropriate E.H. Shepard drawing and accompanying quotes from A.A. Milne’s works. Utterly charming. Scarce.

  • # 17327

    PELLERIN

    [RACISM; ÉPINAL PRINT] The black man

    Kansas City, Missouri : Humoristic Publishing Co., [1893-94]. No. 7. Épinal print, single sheet, folio (400 x 295 mm), chromoithographed, lower margin imprinted Imagerie d’Epinal. – Pellerin, imp.-édit. “Printed expressly for the Humoristic Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo.”; original horizontal fold, 8.5 cm tear at upper right corner affecting the fourth illustrated panel, a few small …

  • # 17326

    GRAMONT, F. de / FROLICH, L. (illustrator)

    [CHILDREN’S] Monsieur La Palisse

    Series title : Bibliotheque illustree de Mademoiselle Lili : chansons et rondes de l’enfance. Paris : Hetzel & Cie., [c 1887]. Quarto, splendid pictorial boards, 8 pp, colour illustrations. A very fine copy. A later comic version of an early sixteenth century French chanson, adapted for children. The poem recounts the tale of Monsieur de …