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Concord: New Hampshire, Merrill, circa 1840. 12mo, woodcuts; in original yellow decorated wrappers. A rare and early whaling chapbook including the usual description of the size of the whale and its habits, methods of killing them and brief accounts of the Essex and Dundee.
Sydney: J. Moore, George Street, 1850. Octavo, folding frontispiece map; in original attractive patterned cloth. Scarce first edition of a pioneering Australian geography textbook, inscribed by the author Sir Thomas Mitchell, renowned explorer and Surveyor-General of New South Wales. The fine world map is by the Sydney engraver John Carmichael...
Sydney: J. R. Clarke, circa 1870.
A Massachusetts tune published in SydneyFolio, sheet music comprising two leaves including the title-page, a few spots, very good; neatly disbound. Scarce Sydney printed musical score of a children's song by Massachusetts composer Charles Albert White. The score was published by Sydney bookseller...
Bath: Printed by S. Hazard, for G. Riley, London, 1790.
Botany Bay described for childrenSquare 16mo, with an engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates, four full-page woodcuts in the text and altogether 48 circular woodcut vignettes; in a simple contemporary sheep-leather binding, unlettered spine banded in gilt. The extremely rare...
Melbourne: Allan & Co., n.d., but, 1937.
"A lasting contribution to the life of Australian children…"Octavo; original illustrated wrappers. With the success of the first three song books written and composed by Annie Rentoul and Georgette Peterson and illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, other editions were inevitable. This collection.....
Melbourne: George Robertson, circa 1911. Oblong quarto, frontispiece, plates; illustrated cloth, a little shaken, hinges repaired but a very good copy. Attractive children's book of six stories with engravings by eminent illustrator Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Both Tarella (Ella) Quin and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite had attended East Melbourne Presbyterian Ladies' College...
Paris: Hetzel, circa 1900. Small folio, line drawings throughout; some foxing throughout but good in original cloth-backed boards, some wear to upper board. Delightful French picture book based on a father taking his daughter Lili around the zoo in the Jardin des Plantes. They visit all manner of animals including...
London: W & R Chambers, circa 1912. Quarto, colour plates and illustrations in the text, early ownership inscription on front free endpaper; a good copy in the original illustrated boards. First edition of this justly famous children's book with anthropomorphised kangaroo characters - 'perhaps the best known story entirely devoted...
New York: Collins and Hannay, 1838. Square duodecimo, multiple engravings; original printed boards with old leather backstrip repair, a bit shaken, fair. Uncommon New York-printed children's text book with a section on New Holland and an engraving of the bread fruit. 'To this place the English government send thieves, and...
London: Macmillan, 1862. Small octavo, engraved title, very good; in red polished calf, spine with raised bands, green morocco label, gilt, sunned, spine slightly bumped. A collection of poetry from a number of favourite poets selected and arranged by the English poet and critic Coventry Patmore (1823-1896). Includes a lovely...
Paris: Logerot, Pauly, and others, circa 1910.
Colonial strategy for youngstersSix map puzzles, each measuring 330 x 240 mm., housed in the original colour printed card case. Geographical jigsaw puzzle set comprising six maps mounted and cut into parts corresponding to the colonial dominions of major European powers. This...
Germany: circa 1870. Set of 6 engraved dissected puzzles, with a colour printed copy of each map loosely inserted, 280 x 310 mm., decorative box with colour lithograph on lid. This lovely German puzzle-game, designed to encourage children's geographical awareness, includes two circular puzzles of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres...
London: Bowles and Carver, circa 1801. Dissected map, 54 pieces with three blank replacement pieces (the lost pieces in the regions of Java, Sumatra and Hokkaido); hand-coloured lithograph paper laid down on wood, the completed map measuring 485 x 582 mm., in the original timber box with sliding lid, original...
Sydney: Jons Productions, nd, but, 1945. Oblong octavo, 28pp., 12 full-page colour plates and other black & white drawings; early gift inscription on inside cover, else a very good copy in cloth-backed pictorial boards. Scarce and charming Australian children's story about Peter the Penguin.
Paris: J. Langlume et Peltier, 1835. Octavo, with 20 handcoloured plates (including frontispiece), original patterned green papered boards. A charming French account of the peoples of the world written for younger readers and featuring twenty vibrant hand-coloured plates including a Tahitian scene and a depiction of a war canoe from...
Paris: Chex Saintin, 1813.
Peoples of the world, including Botany BayTwo volumes, square duodecimo, with a total of 32 plates including the frontispieces; recent marbled boards. A good copy of this scarce book which illustrates the native peoples of exotic and relatively recently discovered lands. It includes one section...
Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811. Octavo, two hand-coloured plates and seven hand-coloured maps (four double-page, three folding), some loss to a few pages (seemingly original defects in the paper, and not affecting text); half calf, a little rubbed, bumped at corners, a handsome copy. A wonderful children's Atlas, with delightful depictions...
Stuttgart: Friedrich G. Schutz, circa 1820.
German handcoloured globe for childrenHandcoloured paper globe comprising six gores measuring 170 x 65 mm., well preserved with the original cord ties within the publisher's folding card case with printed onlays; accompanied by a folding suite of 15 handcoloured lithographic plates measuring 97...
London: Chapman and Hall, 1846. Octavo, colour frontispiece and two other colour plates (lacking the third plate), original decorative cloth, an early presentation inscription on front free endpaper. The colour issue which includes a stirring plate of an aboriginal possum hunt, and a lengthy chapter dealing with the customs of...
London: John Murray, 1871. Octavo, with steel-engraved illustrations; original green cloth, decorated in black and gilt. The surprisingly scarce first edition of this famous juvenile; Ferguson records only a later impression. The attractive vignettes used as chapter-headings include rather good views of Melbourne and Sydney as well as Auckland, Honolulu...
Paris: Maradan, 1810.
Charming natural history for young peopleSix volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and title to each volume, 65 engraved plates; uncut, in original bright pink wrappers with original paper spine labels. The first French edition of Thomas Smith's delightful natural history for young people: an immaculate set, in...
London: G.J. Palmer for J. Hatchard and Son, 1844.
English and French missionaries feuding in TahitiOctavo, engraved frontispiece, map and seven text vignettes; full contemporary calf; a fine copy. A particularly fine copy of an updated account of the London Missionary Society's activities in Tahiti, aimed at a juvenile...
London: Frederick Warne and Co., circa 1885.
"K is a kangaroo hopping along"Quarto, chromolithographis illustrations; original pictorial wrappers. A title from the series "Aunt Louisa's London Toy Books", this alphabet is entirely composed of exotic animals; for example we read: "K is a kangaroo hopping along; L stands for...
London: Frederick Warne & Co., circa 1880.
Keenly watched kangaroosOriginal decorated wrappers, 230 x 270mm., six full-page chromolithographic plates and five pages letterpress; a very nice example. "Aust Louisa" was the pseudonym of Laura Valentine who wrote several children's titles for Frederick Warne during the 1880's. This alphabet features...