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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  • # 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, …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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, …

  • # 17746

    DONAHEY, Mary Dickerson; GAZE, Harold (illustrator)

    Peter and Prue

    Chicago : Rand McNally, 1924. Octavo, original olive cloth boards with colour plate onlay, illustrated endpapers, title page with short tear at foot of gutter, pp 258, with 4 colour plates (in addition to the cover) and line drawings in the text by New Zealand-Australian artist Harold Gaze; contents exceptionally clean; a near fine copy, …

  • # 17499

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Prince Dande Lion : a garden whim-wham

    Sydney : Ure Smith, 1953. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s cloth backed pictorial papered boards (a little sunned), pp 117, illustrated with 4 colour plates, 12 full page black-and-white plates and numerous line drawings in the text;  a near fine copy, without the original dust wrapper. Muir 2790. May Gibbs’ superbly illustrated fantasy, in which the …

  • # 18448

    DR. SEUSS [GEISEL, Theodor]

    Thidwick the big-hearted moose

    New York : Random Hose, 1948. First edition, early printing. Quarto, original pictorial boards in dust jacket (a little rubbed, mild corner and edge wear, but very good), illustrated endpapers, colour lithographs throughout; a splendid copy. Copyright page with 7 lines of text (not 8, as the true first printing), wrapper with solid blue background …

  • # 18452

    THOMPSON, Kay; KNIGHT, Hilary

    Eloise in Paris

    London : Max Reinhardt, 1958. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s gilt-lettered blue cloth boards in dust jacket (spine and rear panel sunned, top edge of rear panel chipped), illustrated endpapers (off-setting), pp [72], 3-tone illustrations throughout; internally clean and bright; one double-leaf detached from the text block, otherwise a good copy.

  • # 18451

    THOMPSON, Kay; KNIGHT, Hilary


    London : Max Reinhardt, 1957. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s black-lettered red cloth boards in dust jacket (front panel a little chipped at top edge, else very good), pp 65, 3-tone illustrations throughout; internally clean and bright; a near fine first edition copy of this popular classic.

  • # 18548

    LITTLEJOHN, Agnes; COLLINS, Albert and CRANE, Olive (illustrators)

    The sleeping sea-nymph

    / by Agnes Littlejohn. Illustrated by Albert Collins and Olive Crane. Sydney and Brisbane : Edwards Dunlop & Co. Ltd, [1924]. First (and only) edition. Small quarto, original printed papered boards with pictorial onlay, illustrated with 2 tipped-in colour plates (including frontispiece), line illustrations in the text (some full-page), decorative head- and tailpieces, historiated initials; …