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England: circa 1800-1850.
Spelling setAlphabet set of 179 pieces of bone, each approx. 15 x 18 mm., letters incised and filled in with black ink by hand; original cedar box with 18 internal compartments and a sliding lid, 256 x 153 mm. A fine, early alphabet set, consisting of.....
Leiden: Van D. Noothoven Van Goor, 1860.
Information on Java for Dutch childrenSingle printed leaf, 440 x 310 mm., simply handcoloured. Scarce news-sheet publication for Dutch children. One of a long series (this is number 78), this is devoted to information about Java, with a map and three views.....
Paris: E. Ducrocq, 1850.
French RobinsonadeOctavo, with eight chromolithographs (including frontispiece); in the original black grained cloth, spine ornately gilt, all edges gilt. A good example of one of the later Robinsonades. First published around the same time as the now more famous Swiss Family Robinson tales by Wyss.....
London: Harvey & Darton, 1830. Duodecimo, with an engraved frontispiece and three plates;, in the original quarter red roan with marbled boards, First edition: considered the first novel of Australia. This is an exemplary copy of the very scarce first edition, bound with the advertisements in the publisher's roan-backed marbled.....
London: Harris, 1821. Octavo with a folding frontispice map, 84 hand-coloured engravings on 28 plates (three on each); original printed boards. Second edition of this children's study of Asian lands. Each engraving is numbered and complimented by a corresponding description. The pictures and text cover a number of Asian countries.....
Launceston: Hudson & Hopwood, circa 1871. Octavo, frontispiece folding colour map, author's presentation dated 1872; original green cloth. Author's presentation copy of this rare Launceston-printed primer on the history and geography of Tasmania. The author begins by describing the physical characteristics of the Island, flora and fauna. Then goes on.....
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.....
Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811.
Children's atlasOctavo, two hand-coloured plates and seven hand-coloured maps (four double-page, three folding), a handsome copy. A charming children's atlas, with delightful depictions of Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii. Although much reprinted and very popular, this work is now rare in any edition. Two exquisite.....
London: William Harrison Ainsworth, 1828.
A Voyage to New Holland for childrenOctavo, illustrated throughout with wood-engravings; half calf gilt, marbled boards. The first Christmas annual for children and scarce, this contains a twelve-page account of a Voyage to New Holland. The author notes that '... in time New Holland.....
Berlin: A.Sala, circa 1910. Game consisting of 4 pp. instructions, six colour printed boards of the continents, 120 colour printed pictorial playing cards; contained within the original box (330 x 390 x 25 mm.), with colour printed pictorial label on upper lid. A question and answer game of geography for.....
Paris: Chromol de Engelmann et Graf, circa 1860. Loto Game, consisting of 18 pictorial game cards, each illustrated with five lithographic scenes, one small cloth bag containing glass counters, one large cloth bag containing 90 numbered circular timber tokens, folio rule sheet printed on yellow paper; all contained in the.....
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.....
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.....
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.....
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.....
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.....
Paris: J. Hetzel, circa 1868.
Australia…a parody of universal lawsQuarto, engraved frontispiece and title-page vignette, generously illustrated throughout; a bright copy in original gilt tooled scarlet cloth, edges fully-gilt. A lavish, large-format edition with numerous dramatic illustrations by Edward Riou who collaborated with Jules Verne for six of his.....
London: John Wallis, nd. circa 1820.
A rare mention of Australia…Folding canvas-backed handcoloured engraved game, in original blind-stamped cloth slipcase with gilt title vignette; in very good original condition; lacks rule book. Very decorative bi-hemispherical race game of a voyage around the world, with Port Jackson and Van Diemen's.....
London: Edward Lacey, circa 1850. Octavo, handcoloured plates; in original wrappers with engraved vignette. A rare and charming natural history primer for children. This is number six of the Zoological Gallery, and illustrates twenty-four species of fish and amphibious animals. A spouting whale appears as the frontispiece.