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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...
Houndsditch: Bishop & Co., circa 1840.
Alphabet odditiesDuodecimo, 12 pp. in total, woodcut illustrations throughout; original green printed wrappers, folded (not sewn) as issued. A delightful woodcut alphabet. Here are many favourites - the Fox, the Goose, and the Lamb - but where necessary, the publisher's evidently felt capable...
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: 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...
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: Dabo and Masson, 1823.
Miniature voyage collection, with a Freycinet section15 volumes, duodecimo, with numerous folding maps & plates; contemporary half calf. A delightful French miniature collection of voyages. There are three volumes each to the sections on Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the South Seas. This last...
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...
Paris: Chez Saintin, Libraire de S.M. l'Imperatrice, 1813.
Baudin, Peron and Marion du FresneTwo volumes bound in one, square duodecimo, 32 plates (one with early amateur hand-colour); a handsome copy, later quarter calf over early paper boards, Scarce ethnological handbook with beautifully engraved plates depicting the native peoples of...
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...
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: 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...
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...
S.P.C.K. circa 1860. Wood engraving, with original hand colouring; with brief description, in very good condition, mounted. Separately issued engraving of an "Emeu" published for use in schools. The text which describes the habitat and habits of the emu is imbued with the Society's message: "It is sometimes coursed for.....
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...