# 24450

GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

Bib and Bub : their adventures.

$3,500.00 AUD

Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing Company, 1925. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s decorated cloth (rubbed along lower edge upper board), dust jacket with colour illustrations (very slight rubbing to extremities), pictorial endpapers, contemporary gift inscription in pencil to half-title, title page (small wet stamp of previous owner), pp. 79; (1), coloured panelled illustrations throughout; a fine copy.

‘Rare: the earliest publication of the Bib and Bub comic strips in book form, collecting May Gibbs’s contributions to the Sydney Sunday News that had begun in August 1925. Gibbs was one of the few ‘classic’ Australian children’s authors and illustrators to have published in this form, being quick to learn from the success of her contemporaries Jim Bancks and Syd Nicholls in this format and to see the commercial potential of her own unique Gumnut creations in the newspaper medium. The present two part collection was re-issued in one volume in 1926 and followed by four sequels, 1927 — 1932: Further Adventures of Bib and Bub, More Funny Stories about old Friends Bib and Bub, Bib and Bub in Gumnut Town, and Bib and Bub Painting Book‘ – Australian Book Auctions, Books and Documents, 17 November 2007, lot 53 (referring to the two volume edition published the same year).

Muir 2773

Provenance: Private collection, NSW