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Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933.
An ephemeral reprintOctavo, 77 pp., with a frontispiece and illustrations throughout, with two instances of juvenile handcolouring (but minor); original wrappers. The popularity of Gibbs' "gumnut" series ensured that many subsequent editions would enter the market in different formats: this sequel to Little Ragged...
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original striped black and red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley", with a charming...
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., but, 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley". Surprisingly detailed account of New...
London: Frederick Warne & Co, circa 1890.
Particularly attractive…Octavo, illustrated in colour, very slight foxing to some pages; in the original printed boards and cloth spine; ownership inscription in pencil on front endpaper. A particularly attractive edition of a rare Kate Greenaway title. The material presented here is of...
London: S.O. Beeton, 1863. Octavo, with a chromolithograph frontispiece and one other plate, woodcuts throughout, 8-pp. advertisements bound in at rear; good in the original highly-gilt pictorial cloth, some flecking. First edition of this extraordinary compendium, illustrated by Harden S. Melville, artist on the Fly expedition in the Great Barrier...
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847.
Original version of the scene in KealekakuaTwo volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume and 38 black & white plates in the text; in contemporary quarter morocco. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children, including La Pérouse and the third voyage...
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume plus 38 plates in the text; in original blue cloth, with elaborate gilt decorations. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children including La Pérouse, Dumont d'Urville and the third voyage of James Cook with...
London: Valpy, 1824.
Early Australian schoolbookDuodecimo, owner's inscription on title-page and front free endpaper; in original plain roan binding. A charming relic of early Australian education. This classical Greek textbook in its seventh edition, is in its original colonial binding and was originally owned by William Howe, member of...
Sydney: S.T. Leigh & Co., circa 1892. Small quarto, tinted title page; original decorated boards. An unusually fine copy of a collection of short stories for children. Published in Sydney this charming book is most beautifully designed and illustrated with original lithographs. Some stories are set in Tasmania, and all...
London: Oxford University Press, 1954. Small folio, illustrated throughout in colour on every page; original illustrated linen-backed boards. First edition of this charming autolithographed children's book, one of several done by Hutton including A Picture History of Britain / France / Canada / Italy / Australia / America / Russia...
London: Joseph Cundall, 1844.
Handsome chapter initialsSmall square octavo, frontispiece and 24 sepia plates, all edges gilt; in the original blind-stamped green cloth, lettered in gilt, First edition, uncommon. An attractive illustrated alphabet, with a charming image of a Kangaroo. Among the other plates are etchings after Rembrandt and...
Denmark: circa 1880.
Australian idyll and a Hyena's feastSlim lined booklet, writing exercises completed in a cursive hand, original decorated wrappers. Charming children's exercise book with engraved illustrated covers depicting a group of five kangaroos titled "Kaempekaenguru". This idyllic bushland scene, complete with a joey and its mother and...
London: F. Newberry, 1775.
First children's book to include the kangarooTwelve duodecimo volumes, with 117 engraved plates (of 118, lacking single plate); preliminaries thumbed, title of one volume perforated and another significantly browned, one leaf of text ink-stained, general foxing and offsetting; worn contemporary sheep, scuffed with split hinges;...
London: Dean & Son, circa 1902. Small folio rag book with 16 illustrated pages. First edition: an unusually good copy of this attractive children's book with a wonderful naval theme. Tall and well-printed, this copy has almost none of the unravelling or "cropping" sometimes seen in a work which dates...
Czechoslavakia: Bancroft & Co., circa 1960.
Columbus pop-up bookSmall folio, 7 p. story with vignette, folding colour pop-up of Columbus' three ships; illustrated boards. A delightful example of the renowned Czech illustrator and paper engineer Vojtech Kubasta. With a double-page pop-up diorama depicting Columbus' three ships, the Niña, the...
Paris: Jules Renouard, 1839.
I, ClaudiusDuodecimo, unopened and untrimmed, in the original printed wrappers, Charming account of the La Pérouse voyage for children, with notice of the later discoveries relating to the great French mariner, including chapters on d'Entrecasteaux, Dumont d'Urville and Peter Dillon. These concluding sections concentrate on.....
London: Robert John Bush, 1877. Square octavo; original maroon cloth, head of spine restored. Lear had written his first Book of Nonsense for the children of his patron the Earl of Derby in 1845. Laughable Lyrics, the fourth nonsense book, and 'last but not least' (Muir, p. 147) 'included some...
London: Grant and Griffith, 1851. Small octavo, with four steel-engraved plates; good in original blue cloth, blind blocked boards and ornate gilt spine. First edition of an imaginary travelogue for children featuring detailed yet entirely concocted descriptions of Aboriginal life in the Australian wilderness. The tale follows the dashing Captain...
Paris: Gide Fils, circa 1830.
With plates based on "Foreign Field Sports"Oblong quarto, with 60 engravings; an attractive copy in original printed boards. A rare and beautiful French children's book, with wonderful Australian plates including six based closely on Clark's Foreign Field Sports. This work is not recorded by...
Paris: c. 1830.
Charming French collapsible globe, with accompanying bookletA collapsible engraved and handcoloured globe in six gores (170 mm. tall); protected by the original lithographed portfolio, 8 folding pages of text; with loose double-sided engraved and hand-coloured card 'Mécanisme du Glode Artificiel'; a very good and attractive example...
London and Sydney: 1890. Quarto, eight colour plates and other illustrations in the text; original cloth-backed glazed pictorial boards. First edition and rare. A most attractively-produced anthology of Australian and New Zealand stories and tales, designed primarily for young people, very evocative of its time. The authors include Rosa Praed...
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1889.
An alphabet of multiplesSlim quarto, colour illustrations throughout; in pictorial boards, a fine copy. A delightful and particularly attractive American alphabet book, in very good original condition. McLoughlin Brothers - based in New York - was one of America's most prominent nineteenth-century publishers of...
London: Marcus Ward, 1881. Small quarto, with eight chromolithographic plates, in original splendid gilt decorated cloth. Second edition of a beautifully illustrated Australian natural history book, specially written for children by pioneer Tasmanian novelist Louisa Anne Meredith. Louisa migrated to Australia in 1839 tp join her husband Charles who enjoyed...