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.