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, . 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 good), illustrated endpapers (pale foxing), first blank with child’s gift inscription dated Xmas 1920, colour frontispiece plate, pp vi, 87, with 22 full-page sepia plates and line drawings in the text; first impression of the first printing, with text in black, the printer W.C. Penfold’s address ‘183 Pitt Street Sydney’ on page , “The Hat Shop” illustration opposite page 32, and “Snugglepot Fights with Red Gumnut” opposite page 42; an exceptional copy of the first printing of this classic of Australian children’s literature. Muir 2744.