[No place], The Texas Company (Australasia), [1950s?].
Octavo,  pages with numerous illustrations.
Three-colour pictorial titling-wrappers lightly marked and rubbed; pictorial bookplate mounted on the inside front cover; an excellent copy.
In the foreword, the Company (producers of the Texaco range of oils and fuels) 'feels it is rendering a service' by presenting some topical side-lights on the vanishing race, particularly as the 'problem of exploiting [the Northern Territory's] commercial possibilities' is at hand. Twelve double-page spreads are each devoted to a particular aspect of Aboriginal life, with text on one page and an illustration on the other. The last five pages advertise the Company's products: 'Like the flashing spear of Kallum Kundira, the tiny jet of Texaco Motor Spirit shoots into action with tremendous power ...'. Not in Greenway.
Quarto,  pages with 60 half-page black and monochrome illustrations (either blue or yellow) with the continuous story-line printed beneath each one.
Monochrome pictorial card covers a little unevenly sunned and lightly marked, with minor (mainly surface) loss to silverfish; a very good copy.
Not a bad book, if you like a bad book. When accident-prone Nama, a friend of Ullagulbra and his mate Tewarra, is bitten by a brown snake while out playing, hunting and gathering, the boys quickly kill the reptile and carry the young girl back to camp. 'The witch doctor rubbed some of his magic ointment into the bite. They knew she would get better.' Meanwhile, mother put the snake 'on the hot coals to be cooked with the other food'. It is no surprise that this first and only edition is scarce, while its near-contemporary from the same publisher, Axel Poignant's 'Piccaninny Walkabout. A Story of Two Aboriginal Children' (1957, with 69 illustrations from photographs taken at Milingimbi by the author) was the Best Picture Book of the Year in the Children's Book of the Year Competition, 1957-8, was into its seventh impression by 1964, and was reissued in the 1970s under the title 'Bush Walkabout'.
Oblong foolscap, [Unpaginated; 8 single-sided colour pictorial card pages designed to be cut out and assembled].
Colour pictorial card wrappers slightly marked and rubbed; an excellent copy.
The card pictures can be assembled into an entrance, ticket booth, slippery dip and merry-go-round (with assorted clowns). Alderton was a Sydney cartoonist and commercial artist, who also created the 'Nursie' and 'Judy' cartoon strips for the 'Mirror' newspapers.
Melbourne, George Robertson and Company (Printed in Scotland), .
Large quarto (347 x 298 mm), [viii], 20 (mainly music for the five songs),  (last two blank) pages with line illustrations (large pictorial titles to all five songs, and tail-pieces to four of them) plus 5 full-page colour plates.
Original full dark blue morocco lettered ornately in gilt on the front cover; leather a little scuffed and rubbed, and lightly worn at the extremities; endpapers offset; one plate very slightly chipped along the bottom edge; trifling signs of handling... Read complete entry
The cover title is 'Some Childrens' [sic] Songs by Marion Alsop. Words by Dorothy McCrae. Designed by Edith Alsop'. Dorothy Frances McCrae (1879-1937) was a daughter of George Gordon McCrae, 'poet and man of letters', and sister of the poet Hugh McCrae. 'The sisters Edith and Marion Alsop collaborated with Dorothy McCrae to produce pictures, music and verse for five original children's songs: 'Paddling Days', 'The Jackass' (the laughing jackass, or kookaburra), 'Bubbles', 'The Song of the Water Babies' and 'The Rebel'. These were published by George Robertson in 1910 as a folio-size children's song-book titled 'Some Children's [sic] Songs'; Marion wrote the music, Dorothy the words, and Edith 'designed' the book. Her designs consisted of five full-page colour illustrations introducing each song on the left-hand page and five black-and-white vignettes above the title of each song opposite. Edith and Marion's artistic alliance mirrored that of their contemporaries, the better known Rentoul sisters, Ida (Outhwaite) and Annie, who collaborated on illustrated fairy stories for over 20 years. The first of the Rentouls' three children's song-books, 'Australian Songs for Young and Old', had appeared in 1907 'in connection with' the opening of the Women's Work Exhibition. Edith - who had unsuccessfully submitted a design for the poster competition and won a prize for her design for a frieze - could not have failed to be aware of Ida's highly admired exhibits, Annie's ode performed at the opening ceremony and the praise for the 'twin gifts' that had produced their song-book. The Alsops' book was published in 1910, the same year that the Rentouls' second song-book ('Bush Songs of Australia') appeared. There seems to have been no sense of competition between the two sets of sisters; indeed, both books were produced by the same publisher and the families were friendly, even to the point of Rodney Alsop (Edith and Marion's brother) acting as groomsman at Ida's marriage to Grenbry Outhwaite in 1909. Yet comparisons are (and were) inevitable. The Rentoul/Outhwaite book was very popular and was reprinted several times (until 1924). Although less popular, the Alsop book seems the more visually attractive, being double the size and with text and image well integrated, as shown in Edith's title vignette 'The Rebel'. 'The Rebel', imprisoned in her cot and desperately fighting against the narcotic effects of the decorative poppies that surround her, howls her refusal to sleep from the yawning black O of her mouth' (Anita Callaway, perhaps reading a little too much into the frieze, but spot-on with the rest of her lengthy contribution to 'Design & Art Australia Online' - an invaluable resource. By the way, 'The Rebel' is still one hell of a lullaby, even by today's standards ...). Muir 159 (most uncharacteristically including two mistakes! - 'Francis' for 'Frances' in the first line, and automatically correcting the incorrect 'Childrens'' in the title). Marcie Muir also states 'Published in variant bindings (paper, clo., & leather) see advt. in the 'Argus' 12/11/1909'. We cannot locate this reference in Trove, but we did find a George Robertson and Company advertisement in the issue for Saturday 3 September 1910, stating that this book was 'Ready today ... Paper Style, 3/6; Cloth, 6/-; Leather, 10/6'. This edition in full morocco is undoubtedly rare, but it was apparently still available for sale in 1919 - this copy carries a prize plate from Fintona (then a Presbyterian Girls' Grammar School in Camberwell) dated December 1919 on the flyleaf (with the small school crest embossed in gilt on the front cover).
Quarto, 342 pages with 'Sixty Illustrations from the Designs of Wilhelm von Kaulbach and Twelve India Proof Engravings by Joseph Wolf'.
Full gilt-decorated morocco with very prominent raised bands, inner gilt dentelles and all edges gilt; leather very slightly scuffed, spine lightly sunned; some foxing, confined mainly to the first and last leaves and (to a lesser extent) some of the... Read complete entry
The illustration stamped in gilt on the front cover, although based closely on the illustration on page 33 in the text, is clearly produced from a different engraving - this is possibly an unsigned designer binding of a very high standard.
Duodecimo; papered boards; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased and torn with slight (chiefly surface) loss.
Marcie Muir's pamphlet, 'Charlotte Barton: Australia's First Children's Author' finally solved the mystery of the identity of the author, long misattributed by Ferguson (based on information pencilled in the Petherick copy in the National Library). The thirteen stories in the book are drawn largely from recent colonial history, and include 'Port Essington', 'Loss of the Stirling Castle', 'Wreck of the Charles Eaton' and 'Anecdotes of the Aborigines of New South Wales'.
Octavo; laminated colour pictorial papered boards; slightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy with the excellent price-clipped dustwrapper a little rubbed and creased, with the extremities slightly worn with slight loss.
London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1958 (first edition).
Octavo; decorated papered boards; extremities very slightly bumped; flyleaves a little lightly offset (as often); an excellent copy with the excellent price-clipped dustwrapper sunned on the spine, and slightly chipped and torn with slight loss.
The seventeenth Famous Five book. Illustrated by Eileen Soper.
London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1955 (first edition).
Octavo; decorated papered boards; top edge very slightly marked; flyleaves faintly offset; front flyleaf lightly creased; an excellent copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper sunned on the spine, and slightly creased, chipped and torn with... Read complete entry
The fourteenth Famous Five book. The uncredited illustrations are by Eileen Soper.
Octavo; decorated papered boards; extremities slightly bumped and sunned; initial half of the text-block lightly creased at the bottom corner; one or two light pencilled annotations; a very good copy with the very good price-clipped dustwrapper a... Read complete entry
Octavo; decorated papered boards; one corner slightly bumped; top edge very slightly rubbed; an excellent copy with the excellent price-clipped dustwrapper slightly rubbed and the corners slightly worn with trifling loss.
The ninth Secret Seven book. Illustrated by Burgess Sharrocks.
Octavo, 80 pages with illustrations by E.H. Davie.
Textured papered boards slightly rubbed; bottom edge slightly worn with slight surface loss; an excellent copy with the excellent unclipped dustwrapper very slightly chipped and worn with slight (chiefly surface) loss to the extremities.
Rare in this condition, especially with the dustwrapper.
Octavo; red papered boards; top edge lightly bumped; top edge slightly foxed; an excellent copy with the excellent price-clipped dustwrapper very slightly rubbed and creased, with a minute chip and a tiny closed tear.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1950 [third impression]/ 1943.
Quarto, [viii], 165 pages with numerous illustrations plus a colour frontispiece, all by the author.
Pictorial papered boards lightly worn and marked, with the hinges starting to split (but still very firm); endpapers offset and a little foxed; acidic text paper uniformly discoloured; a very good copy with the colour pictorial dustwrapper a little... Read complete entry
Inscribed 'To Chris, Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. Don Bradman 1/11/51'. We know this to be a present from Don to a child the Bradmans fostered, as we bought it in 2002 from the recipient (and have just got around to cataloguing it!).
Quarto, 108 pages with 4 full-page illustrations plus a colour frontispiece and 3 colour plates by Florence Anderson.
Quarter cloth and papered boards with a colour plate laid down on the front cover; covers a little unevenly sunned; corners a little cracked with slight wear; endpapers and half-title offset; flyleaf excised; a very good copy.
The original contemporary gift postcard is loosely inserted.
Octavo, 320, xvi (publisher's advertisements) pages plus plates.
Octavo; colour pictorial cloth; extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; three tiny punctures to the rear panel; spine slightly sunned; edges slightly foxed; ownership details; first and last leaf offset; a very good copy.
Pictorial cloth a little marked and lightly flecked at the front lower corner; extremites very slightly rubbed; top edge lightly foxed; flyleaves offset; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, marked, chipped and torn with slight loss... Read complete entry
Octavo; original colour pictorial red cloth very slightly marked; extremities very slightly bumped; spine slightly sunned; flyleaves lightly offset; an excellent copy.
Presentation inscription to Dollie [Mary Dorothea] Kyffin Thomas, 'with Mother's love, Christmas, 1920, Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide'; the inscription is by Maisie, Mrs Evan Kyffin Thomas. Illustrated by Reginald Bathurst Birch, Alfred Brennan and O. Alstein.
Oblong small quarto,  pages (first two and last one blank) with a pictorial title page, 20 full-page plates, and a small illustration on the second-last page; all illustrations are in colour.
Colour-pictorial papered boards a little rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy (internally fine).
A delightful children's book in verse by Bernard Darwin, better known for his writings on golf (and for being a grandson of the more famous Charles); the charming colour lithographs are by his wife Elinor.
Small quarto (external dimensions 215 x 172 mm), 94,  (colophon) pages with 15 full-page illustrations by Dorothy Ashley (and occasional generic endpieces).
Three-colour pictorial papered boards a little bumped and worn at the extremities, with minor loss to the head and foot of the spine (and minor surface loss to the paper on the spine); trifling signs of handling; essentially a very good copy of a rare... Read complete entry
Muir 2350 (supplying the date; giving dimensions of 200 x 160 mm). The printed note from the publisher states in part that the 'following short stories ... the work of a young Australian girl ... are offered here simply as Tales told by a Child to younger Children [underlined in the original] ... a loving study of tree and flower, bird and insect, and the association of familiar elements of old-world fairy lore with Australian surroundings'. Olga Ernst (1888-1972), the Australian-born daughter of German migrants, was just sixteen when this book was published. She 'was one of a small group of writers who attempted to nationalise the fairytale towards the end of the 19th century, signalling quite clearly that they intended to affix the elves and fairies of Europe onto the Australian landscape filling a void that was keenly felt by the children of emigrants and the Australian-born children of emigrants' (Robin Floyd: 'Olga Ernst's Contribution to the Development of Australian Identity in Children's Literature' [a paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2010]). Floyd, an ernest admirer to be sure, continues: 'From a 21st century perspective Ernst's fairytales do seem clunky and 'not quite right'. It seems unnatural to find mermaids from the cold Baltic Sea swimming in the Yarra or discovering water nixies who the reader may surmise would be more comfortable in the rivulets of Europe than living in a ferny billabong. Nonetheless, primary sources, critiques and reviews in newspapers at the time 'Fairytales [sic] from the Land of the Wattle' was published, reveal that reviewers saw it as a step forward for Australian children and that linking the old world lore with the new was a logical progression. Reviews of her books are extensive in comparison for those for other early fairytalers, and are discovered in three states: New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria suggesting the market embraced to her writing in a positive way'.
Octavo, 64 pages with illustrations by Michael Atchison.
Papered boards; text paper tanned (as ever); small name-stamp on the half-title and the last page; an excellent copy with the slightly creased dustwrapper.
Inscribed and signed by the author 'For Midge and her friends', with two couplets of original doggerel, and with a small doodle by Atchison on the title page (his signature scruffy dog). The verse reads: 'Dear Midge, all dogs we think are fine / Although I'm glad that your [sic] not mine, / I know, dear Midge, you won't be hurt / You're honest, friendly and alert' (Midge being, of course, the recipient's dog!).
Octavo; decorated cloth; spine slightly darkened and bumped; period ownership details; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper (by Charles J. Mazoujian) slightly rubbed, creased and torn with slight (chiefly surface) loss, and slight foxing... Read complete entry
Illustrated by Charles J. Mazoujian. Number 6 in the Landmark Books series.
Square quarto,  pages including the wrappers (last blank). The three internal versos are printed with pictorial borders in red and black, each with a printed poem laid in; each poem is further illustrated with a colour-printed pictorial cotton handkerchief (approximately 230 x 235 mm) mounted on the facing recto.
Saddle-stapled colour pictorial wrappers very lightly marked and creased; staples rusty with some trifling associated staining at the centrefold; wrappers and inner leaves lightly foxed; overall in excellent condition.
The poems and corresponding handkerchiefs are 'The End of the Trail', 'Wild Horse Round-Up' and 'Redskin War Dance'. Interesting, this 'Cowboy Story' series of handkerchiefs turns up in a large pictorial advertisement placed by the Brisbane department store McDonnell & East in the 'Worker', Monday 3 December 1951 (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71397926). Presumably there are variants of this book (or, at least the potential for variants to exist), as both the handkerchief and the text of the relevant poem are mounted in the volume, and could be changed if supplies of one or the other were exhausted.
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1946 [first edition].
Octavo, x, 97 pages with numerous illustrations plus a frontispiece.
Cloth slightly bowed and sunned; a very good copy.
With the ownership signature (dated 25 October 1946) of [Sir] Herbert Mayo (sometime judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia). Laid down on the flyleaf is a handwritten letter signed by Herbert Mayo's son, George. The book's description, neatly clipped from the dustwrapper, is laid down on the front pastedown. Illustrated by John Hookham.
London, Country Life, 1931 (popular edition)/ 1929.
Small quarto; quarter cloth and marbled boards; extremities slightly rubbed; edges and flyleaf slightly marked; endpapers browned and offset; a very good copy with the unevenly sunned dustwrapper slightly rubbed and torn with very slight loss.
The life story of a child's pony, with plates by Lionel Edwards.
Oblong small quarto, 60 pages with a vignette and 33 full-page illustrations, all by the author.
Quarter cloth and pictorial papered boards (printed in red) a little worn and bumped at the corners; endpapers offset; trifling signs of use; an excellent copy. The 'With the Publishers' Compliments' inkstamp and a small pencil... Read complete entry
Jocelyn Henry Clive Graham (1874-1936) was a successful English 'journalist and later, after distinguished military service, a leading lyricist for operettas and musical comedies, but he is now best remembered as a writer of humorous verse in a style of grotesquerie and black humour' (Wikipedia). He became an officer in the Coldstream Guards and rose to the rank of Captain (although he used the pen-name of Col. D. Streamer, taken from the name of his old regiment).
Melbourne, Robertson & Mullens, 1929 ('Completing the 92nd thousand')/ 1905.
Octavo, viii, 107,  (colophon) pages plus 25 pages of plates and a map.
Pictorial cloth lightly flecked, with minor blemishes (loss of colour and sizing agent) to a few small areas near the top and leading edges of the rear cover; edges foxed, with mild scattered foxing elsewhere; a very good copy with a small... Read complete entry
The front flyleaf also carries a lengthy gift inscription from the author, signed and dated (Jeannie Gunn, 31 March 1932). The message commences: 'In my deep regard for all 'Diggers' and, at the request of my very good friend Mr Charles Peters: Digger & Legatee'. Charles Harold Peters (1889-1951) was no ordinary Digger. The published history of the 38th Battalion AIF records in its Roll of Honors that for his actions on 2 January 1917 at Houplines, as Lieutenant, Peters was awarded the Military Cross, and on 4 November 1918 at Bony, as Captain, he was awarded a Bar to the Cross. After his war service, he became a bookseller, rising to the position of managing director of Robertson & Mullens, hence his close relationship with Jeannie Gunn. Lightly hinged on to the front pastedown is an original gelatin silver photograph (138 x 98 mm) inscribed by Jeannie Gunn in ink on the verso 'Bett-Bett 1907 - Four years after'. It is a delightful full-length portrait of Bett-Bett in her 'wonderful, lonely Palace'. Jeannie Gunn (1870-1961) and the people of Elsey cattle station on the Roper River, about 500 kilometres south of Darwin, became famous through this book and its companion volume, 'We of the Never-Never' (1908). 'Over the years newspapers and magazine articles chronicled the fortunes of the Elsey characters; Jeannie outlived all but Bett-Bett [Dolly Bonson, who died in March 1988, aged 95].... During World War I and after, she was active in welfare work for soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families ... She was patron of many fund-raising activities associated with ex-servicemen' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This impressive association copy incorporates many of these important aspects of Jeannie Gunn's life.
255 x 360 mm,  pages (all printed rectos only) with numerous illustrations including 10 full-page colour plates printed by Edmund Evans.
Quarter cloth and colour pictorial papered boards a little rubbed and bumped at the edges, with moderate wear to the corners; endpapers offset; rusty staples have stained tiny sections of the adjacent paper; a very good copy (internally close to fine... Read complete entry
Octavo, 181, [4, publisher's list] pages plus 6 full-page colour illustrations by Leslie Stead.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the unclipped dustwrapper slightly rubbed at the extremities (a little more heavily so at the head of the spine). A contemporary price label from an Australian department store has been laid down over the English... Read complete entry
The number 48 is printed on the spine of the dustwrapper.
Octavo, xvi, 336 pages plus 28 plates (8 in colour).
Gilt-decorated cloth with gilt edges; cloth very slightly rubbed at the extremities; one corner slightly worn; endpapers very slightly marked; contemporary gift inscription from a mother to a young girl; an extraordinarily well-preserved excellent... Read complete entry
Quarto, 96 pages with numerous illustrations plus a colour frontispiece (all by Mavis Mallinson).
Decorated card covers slightly marked and a little rubbed at the head and foot of the spine; cover and initial blank leaf (which has a small stain near the top left-hand corner) are neatly detached; a very good copy.
London, Blackie and Son, [presumably 1890s]/ 1891.
Octavo (192 x 143 mm), 384, 32 (publisher's advertisements) pages plus 12 plates by W. Parkinson.
Two-colour pictorial brown cloth lettered in gilt, all edges dyed green; cloth lightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; 1909 gift inscription on the recto of the frontispiece; trifling signs of handling; an excellent copy of an early edition of a... Read complete entry
Alice Springs, IAD Printing (a section of the Institute for Aboriginal Development), (1970s?).
Octavo, (16) pages with 15 plates.
Wrappers (spine slightly sunned); an excellent copy.
IAD Printing was established 'to produce cross-cultural programme material for teaching and informing Aboriginal Communities and Europeans, and for training Aboriginal people in printing and related skills'. The text on the first page is 'This is Mimili cattle station. We own it'.
Adelaide, printed at the Hassell Press [for the Author?], 1936.
Quarto, [vi], 41 pages with illustrations by C.C.
Flush-cut plain card covers with the attached overlapping gilt-decorated wrappers (slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with slight wear to the head and foot of the spine); an excellent copy.
Octavo; cloth slightly marked, bumped and rubbed; edges and endpapers a little foxed; front flyleaf excised; a very good with the rarely-found dustwrapper slightly creased, chipped and torn with slight loss.