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 leaves, otherwise clean and bright throughout.
Scarce first edition of Turner’s first book, a classic tale of seven mischievous Australian children and their escapades in the countryside outside Sydney. The first edition sold out within weeks and was quickly reprinted the same year, running into hundreds of editions in many languages.