Coppertop: The Queer Adventures of a Quaint Child.

Melbourne: Melbourne Publishing Company, 1919.

Octavo, colour frontispiece and six colour plates; in the original boards with oval colour portrait onlay; the unusual dustjacket (cut to show the portrait on the front board).

With the unusual dustjacket

First edition, with beautiful colour plates by the author. Gaze was one of the most prolific authors of books for children in this period, and this fantasy about the adventures of a small girl in a world where she meets people such as the Clerk of the Weather and the South Wind is one of his most popular works.

First edition, with beautiful colour plates by the author. Gaze was one of the most prolific authors of books for children in this period, and this fantasy about the adventures of a small girl in a world where she meets people such as the Clerk of the Weather and the South Wind is one of his most popular works.

Coppertop, and its sequel Coppertop Cruises (1920), were marvellous vehicles for Gaze's fine, opalescent-hued watercolours. The plates in these, and his other Australian-published works, 'established him as the most original illustrator of children's books after Ida Rentoul Outhwaite' (Holden, A Golden Age: Visions of Fantasy, p. 82).

Muir, 2702.

Price (AUD): $550.00  other currencies     Ref: #3704936

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