Featured Acquisitions | Children's Books

We present a selection of recently acquired children’s books (mainly Australian, but with a smattering of American and English titles), including Ida Rentoul Outhwaite’s Fairyland (1926) and Ethel Jackson Morris’ The White Butterfly (1921), both with the publisher’s prospectus.

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  • # 18076

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888-1960); RENTOUL, Annie R.; OUTHWAITE, Grenbry

    Fairyland of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. (With prospectus)

    Verses by Annie R. Rentoul. Stories by Grenbry Outhwaite and Annie R. Rentoul. Melbourne : Ramsay Publishing, 1926. Limited to 1000 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Folio, gilt-lettered cloth (edges a little rubbed), variant binding of lighter blue cloth and dull gilt, illustrated endpapers, 166 pp, 50 tipped-in colour and black and white …

  • # 18075

    MORRIS, Ethel Jackson (1891-1895)

    The White Butterfly and other fairy tales. (Signed deluxe edition, with prospectus)

    Melbourne : C. J. DeGaris Publishing House, 1921. Quarto, illustrated cloth, pp. 106, tipped-in colour and black and white plates. The deluxe autograph edition, limited to 250 copies, of which 200 were for sale, signed and numbered by Morris; loosely enclosed, the publisher’s prospectus, pp. 4, colour illustration. Morris was active in the 1920s in …

  • # 17424

    FITZGERALD, Mary Anne; ANDERSON, W.T. (illustrator)

    Australian furs and feathers

    Sydney and Brisbane : Edwards, Dunlop & Co., Limited, 1889. First edition. Small quarto, original cloth-backed illustrated papered boards (a little sunned), front pastedown with ex libris of Nancye Kent Perry, title page with off-setting, pp [60], [1 errata page printed by Jarrett & Co., Sydney], illustrated with twenty-five plates by W.T. Anderson, map; a near …

  • # 17483

    MELLOR, Dorothy; OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (illustrator)

    Enchanting isles

    Sydney : Howard, Whyte & Coy., 1934. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s half cloth over marbled papered boards, in original dust jacket (substantial paper loss along spine, edges sunned, owner’s name top edge of front panel), endpaper maps (offsetting), pp 112, with six illustrations by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite; foxing to preliminaries, last few leaves and edges, …

  • # 17742

    ROWE, Minnie I. (author and illustrator)

    The wand of dawn

    Melbourne : Melbourne Publishing Company, [1918]. Quarto, printed brown papered boards with pictorial onlay to front (boards with a few light marks, top edges sunned, chipped at foot of spine); pp 64, colour frontispiece and three full colour plates, and numerous black and white illustrations; scattered foxing, more pronounced on the preliminaries and last few leaves; …

  • # 17955

    ELEY, Annie W.

    The Dawn Maiden and Dione’s visit to Australia

    With Illustrations and Sketches by the Author. Melbourne : Edward A. Vidler, [1922]. Quarto, gilt-lettered boards with illustrated paper dust jacket (a couple of marks to front), 56 pp; illustrated with frontispiece, three colour and ten black and white plates; offsetting to endpapers, else a fine copy. Scarce. Muir 2282.

  • # 17485

    HALL, J.J.; WALL, Dorothy (illustrator)

    The crystal bowl : Australian nature stories

    Melbourne : Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd., 1921. First edition. Quarto, pictorial blue cloth boards in dust jacket (mild chipping and edge wear, a few light marks), original owner’s stamp to front free-endpaper, pp 64, illustrated wth 16 colour and black-and-white plates by Dorothy Wall, as well as her line drawings in the text; a near …

  • # 17642

    IVATT, Lee; MACDONALD, Barbara (illustrator)

    Princess Herminie and the tapestry prince and other stories

    Sydney : Art in Australia, 1922. First (and only) edition. Small quarto, plain card in brown paper wrappers with illustrated plate to front (minor chipping to wrapper edges); 79 pp, with 4 colour plates and 14 full-page black-and-white illustrations; a near fine copy. Muir 3725. One of only two children’s books published by Art in Australia.

  • # 17646

    MASS, Nuri; MASS, Celeste (illustrator)

    The little grammar people

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1942. First edition. Quarto, pictorial papered boards in dust jacket (light handling wear), colour frontispiece plate, pp 104, illustrated with black-and-white plates and line drawings by Celeste Mass; preliminaries with light foxing, otherwise internally clean and sound; edges with small amount of spotting; a very good copy in the scarce …

  • # 17685

    WALL, Dorothy (author and illustrator)

    Brownie : the story of a naughty little rabbit

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1935. First edition. Quarto, original pictorial papered boards in dust jacket (lightly rubbed, mild edge wear), front endpaper with bookseller stamp of F.C. Wall, Wellington, NSW (a relation of the author?), colour frontispiece plate, pp 56, illustrated with 16 black-and-white plates and line drawings by Wall; a near fine copy …

  • # 17741

    "The Perfesser & Alter Ego, Esquire" (pseud. of Lancelot HARRISON)

    Tails and tarradiddles : an Australian book of birds and beasts

    Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing, 1925. Square octavo, publisher’s pictorial blue cloth boards in original dust jacket (mild creasing to top edge of front panel), pp 108, with line illustrations by the author; a fine copy. Muir 5951. Lancelot Harrison (1880-1928) was a prominent Australian zoologist.  

  • # 18207

    WALL, Dorothy (author and illustrator)

    Stout fellows : Chum, Angelina Wallaby, Um-Pig and Flip.

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1936. First edition. Quarto, pictorial papered boards in dust jacket (rubbed, chipped at head of spine, a few short edge tears), endpapers with offsetting, colour frontispiece plate, pp 50, illustrated with black-and-white plates and line drawings in the text by Wall; occasional foxing, otherwise internally clean and sound; edges with …

  • # 17756

    McMILLAN, R. ("Gossip"); SOUTER, D.H. (illustrator)

    The voyage of the “Monsoon” : or, The adventures of a stowaway.

    Sydney : William Brooks & Co., 1900. Octavo, pictorial blue cloth boards, pp 167, [8 advertisements], with line drawings in the text and 3 black-and-white plates by D.H. Souter; a fine copy. Muir 4685.

  • # 17712

    MAURICE, Furnley (pseud. of Frank WILMOT)

    The Bay and Padie book : kiddie songs. (Presentation copy)

    Melbourne : Sydney J. Endacott, 1918. Second edition. Small quarto, original papered boards with pictorial title onlay to front (boards with small amount of pale foxing; spine with paper split); a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front endpaper ‘Thomas Lothian Esq., with the author’s kind regards, Frank Wilmot’; title page in red …

  • # 18536

    MORNEMENT, Ina (music); TAYLOR, Bronnie (words); OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (illustrator)

    The puddin’ & the pixie : 12 songs for children.

    Cover title: The puddin’ and the pixie : and other songs. Melbourne: Allan & Co., 1949. ‘Imperial edition No. 521’. Small quarto, original pictorial wrappers, upper wrapper with design by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite and printed price of 3/- (some silverfishing to bottom corner), lower wrapper with advertisements for Allan & Co. song books for children; 20 pp., …

  • # 17648

    GIBBS, May

    Flannel flowers and other bush babies

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, [between 1917 and 1922]. Octavo (22 cm), original wrappers with colour plate onlay, original ties, front endpaper with the “To / From” section filled in, colour frontispiece plate, illustrated title page, [22] pp, with [11] sepia tone plates and line illustrations; a fine copy. A first edition with indeterminate printing, …