PARKER, Bessie; PARKER Nancy (illustrator)
The history of the Hoppers
London : W.R. Chambers, [c.1912]. Quarto, pictorial papered boards (overall very good, the upper board with a vertical wrinkle at left side with a couple of tiny sections of paper loss, some mild ink spotting across lower edge, top corner with small amount of paper loss, other corners bumped; lower board with a mild scratch at upper right), off-setting to front and rear endpapers,  pp, superbly illustrated with  full page colour plates and sepia drawings throughout (the final colour plate is badly loosened, but still attached at the foot), internally bright and clean, with occasional and very mild handling marks; a good copy of a spectacularly designed and emotionally appealing children’s book, the adventures of a family of (very convincingly) anthropomorphised kangaroos, told in verse form.
Muir 5707; Robert Holden noted in The Mint Exhibition (1985) that this was ‘perhaps the best known story entirely devoted to the kangaroo’.