A selection of works for children spanning three centuries, including: voyage accounts, natural history and the first childrens' book to include the kangaroo; games, puzzles and works of fiction including what is considered to be the first novel of Australia Alfred Dudley: or the Australian settlers.
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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...
France: circa 1870.
Three-dimensional alphabet gameGame comprising 24 timber blocks, each papered with illustrations on each face, with six chromolithographic paper guiding sheets each measuring 177 x 262 mm., original box with papered lid. French alphabet blocks, comprising a game for children wherein the blocks are rearranged on their...
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: circa 1940.
A primerColour printed cloth book measuring 230 x 115, stitch sewn and folded to form four pages with illustrated covers. Vibrant French natural history primer for young children, with a kangaroo; old cloth books such as this example are typically worn and ravaged, making this fine example most unusual.
Paris: no publisher, 1808. Two volumes, duodecimo, three folding engraved plates after John Webber, charming early printed prize label to front endpapers; in original tree calf, ornate gilt spines with black morocco labels. A beautiful set of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for children. As the...
Paris: n.p., 1808.
With some fifty pages devoted to HawaiiTwo volumes, duodecimo, the three wide folding engraved plates after John Webber in very clean and crisp condition; completely uncut in the original orange paper wrappers. A handsome copy of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for...
Stockholm: J. A. Probsts, 1825.
Swedish costume booklet for childrenFolding concertina case of 24 individual handcoloured ethnographic portraits, each measuring 88 x 57 mm., mounted upon linen within marbled card covers; with accompanying 24mo booklet of some 42 pp., both housed within original papered slipcase. Ephemeral early-nineteenth century Swedish...
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. 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: 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...
Paris: Ancienne Libraire Furne, circa 1870. Quarto, engraved title in red and black, extensively illustrated; a bright fine copy in the original lavishly decorated pictorial cloth with bevelled boards, all edges gilt. A fine copy of this beautifully illustrated deluxe edition of Corsaire Triplex, in which the daring heroes Armand...
Melbourne: George Robertson, 1909. Small quarto, illustrations throughout; in the original pictorial grey cloth. First edition of this scarce children's book, illustrated by Percy Lindsay in what was to become his characteristic "Bulletin" style, with full-page plates and marginal sketches on every page.
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...
Whitcombe & Tombes, circa 1919.
Lavish colour platesQuarto, three tipped-in plates (two in full colour); a fine copy, stitch-sewn, with the pictorial wrappers tied on with the original blue ribbon. A fine copy of this book of poetry written and illustrated by Gaze, known for his 'distinct personal style'...
Melbourne: Melbourne Publishing Company, 1919.
With the unusual dustjacketOctavo, 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). First edition, with beautiful colour plates by the author. Gaze was one of...
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...