O’FERRALL, Ernest; LINDSAY, Lionel
The Adventures of Chunder Loo
Illustrated by Lionel Lindsay. Sydney: Blyth & Platt, 1915 Quarto, illustrated card boards (edges chipped, small loss to corner lower board), cloth spine, contemporary inscription to title page, preliminaries foxed, else clean, a good copy of one of Lionel Lindsay’s rarest books.
The adventures of Chunder Loo is a collection of humorous verses penned by O’Ferrall and illustrated by Lindsay first published as advertisements for Cobra Boot Polish in The Bulletin in the early twentieth century. Proving to be very popular, Blyth & Platt (owners of Cobra Boot Polish) published them in book format in late 1915, the book was printed by John Sands in Sydney and entered into legal deposit in 1916. Each page stands alone as its own witticism, however during the course of the series a journey evolves as the shoe shiner Chunder Loo of Akim Foo sails on The R. M. S. Cobra along with his companions Terrier Dog and Koala Bear. The trio travel through Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and the gold fields of Western Australia, before sailing via Colombo and Suez to cruise through Italy, Spain and then arriving in London, all the while demonstrating the advantages of the Cobra brand of boot polish. While in London they encounter a ‘militant suffragette’, and, dressed in uniform are inspected by Kitchener before they depart for the Great War, where they spend about a third of the book’s contents in a variety of services.
Rare and overall a good copy.