Juvenile Fairy Tales & Folklore

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Juvenile Fairy Tales & Folklore Books & Ephemera

Little Obelia and Further Adventures of Ragged Blossom, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Little Obelia and Further Adventures of Ragged Blossom, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

by GIBBS, May

Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1921. First edition. A copy of the extremely rare first edition of May Gibb's 'Little Obelia'. Pictorial boards with colour pictorial onlay, 91pp, colour frontispiece and one colour plate, 19 full page sepia illustrations, decorated endpapers and black and white line drawings throughout. Corners of front boards rubbed, modest foxing to front and read endpapers only. A very good copy of this extremely scarce edition.
Item Price
AU$750.00
Collection of Six Ben and Bella titles

Collection of Six Ben and Bella titles

by MALTBY, Peg

Melbourne: Murfett, 1951. First Edition. A very scarce set of six volumes of the Ben and Bella series, each in first edition. Peg Maltby (1899-1984) worked in England as an illustrator of chocolate-box lids, before emigrating to Melbourne where she held successful exhibitions of her watercolours in the 1930s and 1940s. Her talent as a flower painter caught the eye of the publishers Murfett who commissioned fifteen paintings of fairies and gypsies in woodland settings, which became her first book, Peg's... Read more
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AU$2,000.00
Bushland Stories

Bushland Stories

by MACK, Amy Eleanor

Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1921. Joyce Dennys. A collection of short nature tales that capture the spirit of the Australian bush. Home reviewed the new edition of Amy Mack's Bushland Stories in December 1921 and praised the 'entirely new illustrations in colour and black and white by Joyce Dennys... so admirably suited to their subjects, so beautiful in their delicacy of tone and drawings'. (Joan Kerr, 1995). Quarto, frontispiece and full-page colour plates, line drawings and vignettes;... Read more
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AU$145.00
The Water Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby

The Water Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby

by [DIXON, Arthur] KINGSLEY, Charles

London: Ernest Nister, 1900. DIXON, Arthur. An attractive edition of this children's classic with vibrant plates and cheerful vignettes by Arthur Dixon. Octavo, publisher's decorated green cloth, 6 full-page colour plates, black & white vignettes; joints rubbed, light stains to back board, front inner hinge split (not detached) but still a good copy.
Item Price
AU$175.00
Fairy Tale Plays and How to Act Them

Fairy Tale Plays and How to Act Them

by Lady BELL

London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1899. Lancelot SPEED.. An attractive book bound in deep green, gilt-blocked cloth. Complete with full scripts, directions for dances, ideas for costume design, stage directions, and sheet music for the following performances: Ali Baba, or the Forty Thieves; Rumpelstiltzkin; Red Riding Hood; Beauty and the Beast; Jack and the Beanstalk; Cinderella; Foolish Jack; The Golden Goose; The Tinder-Box; The Three Wishes; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Fisherman and His Wife;... Read more
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AU$175.00
REAL FAIRIES: TWELVE STORIES FOR THE YOUNG

REAL FAIRIES: TWELVE STORIES FOR THE YOUNG

by Launchbury, Jane (illus.)

Australia: Hutchinson. Hardcover. Very good . 300mm tall x 230. Launchbury, Jane. 1986, Hutchinson Children's Books. A really lovely book with bright pages and detailed colour illustrations. White ink mark on title page is the only mark inside. Cleaned covers. Minor shelf-wear mainly to top and tail of spine. 62 pages.
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AU$29.00
The Think Man and the Sunset Fairies

The Think Man and the Sunset Fairies

by [NEELIA] Burrow, Aileen L

Sydney: Websdale, Shoosmith Limited, 1911. Extremely rare publication by Aileen L Burrow ("Neelia"), presenting two Australian bush stories. Typset and illustrated by the author throughout in sepia, this is a rare addition to the ouevre of Burrow. Near fine condition, no other copies listing. Quarto, staple-bound in illustrated wrappers, 18pp. Illustrations set in text throughout. A near fine copy.
Item Price
AU$175.00
Favorite North American Indian Legends

Favorite North American Indian Legends

by Smith, Philip (editor)

New York, N. Y., U. S. A.: Dover Publicatios, 1994. Paperback. Very Good. Henry Gregor Felsen. A collection of American Indian Ledends. 90 pages
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$2.99
Gum Blossom Babies

Gum Blossom Babies

by GIBBS, May

Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918. 'Today these booklets are generally regarded as children's items, but in their day they were issued in individual envelopes and were intended to be used as enlarged greeting cards... their contribution to the Australian pictorial propaganda of the First World War was pervasive and amusing and remains perhaps the only such work to survive with a timeless appeal.' (Holden, p 92). Reprint edition. String tied octavo in original wrappers with colour pictorial... Read more
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AU$275.00
The Other Side of Nowhere

The Other Side of Nowhere

by [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul] DASKEIN, Tarella Quin

Melbourne: Robertson & Mullens, 1934. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. First edition. This charming work contains seven stories and the song, "Over the Water from Nowhere" with music by Kenneth L. Duffield. Oblong octavo, 18 full page black & white illustrations, vignettes throughout; patch of rubbing affects the front board, gentle preliminary foxing, a very good copy in the original decorated cloth.
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AU$450.00
Australian Songs for Young and Old

Australian Songs for Young and Old

by [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul] RENTOUL, Annie R

Melbourne: Allan & Co. Pty. Ltd, No Date. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. The first of the Rentoul sisters' famous songbooks. Imperial edition number 335. String-tied oblong quarto, original illustrated wrappers; original owner's inscription on cover.
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AU$150.00
Gum Tree Brownie and other Faerie Folk of the Never-Never

Gum Tree Brownie and other Faerie Folk of the Never-Never

by [OUTHWAITE] QUIN, Tarella

Melbourne: George Robertson, 1925. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. With a foreword by Ethel Turner and delightful illustrations by a nineteen-year old Ida Rentoul (later Outhwaite). "The subject matter was still that of fairies, elves and children... Although this was a world of the imagination there were some Australian motifs such as spider-orchids, monk-hoods, or blow-fly grass which she had seized on for their qualities" (Muir, 'The History of Australian Children's Book Illustration').... Read more
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AU$550.00
Art in Australia. First Series. Number Three. (Third Number)

Art in Australia. First Series. Number Three. (Third Number)

by [ART IN AUSTRALIA] URE SMITH, Sydney, GELLERT, Leon & JONES, C. Lloyd (editors)

Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1917. First Edition. Articles and images of interest include a short article with tipped plates on James Muir Auld; A. Radcliffe Brown on Norman Lindsay's watercolours (one page of text with two tipped plates), etchings of Victor Cobb; Julian Ashton on Blamire Young (two colour plates); John Shirlow reviews the marble sculptures of C. Web Gilbert; oil paintings by Max Meldrum; three page article on industrial art in Australia; book review including real tipped plates by... Read more
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AU$200.00
Undine... Adapted from the German by W. L. Courtney

Undine... Adapted from the German by W. L. Courtney

by RACKHAM, Arthur and Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué

London: William Heinemann, 1909. Very good. Rackham, Arthur. One of the less common of Rackham's works and a beautiful example from the Golden Age of Illustration. It tells of a water-sprite, Undine, who can gain an immortal soul only through marriage to a mortal.The tale is ideally suited to Rackham's art nouveau style, capturing, as he does, both the tale's medieval chivalry and its roots in northern folklore."It would seem unlikely that one of the most ethereal creatures to capture the imagination... Read more
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AU$2,750.00
A Bunch of Wild Flowers

A Bunch of Wild Flowers

by OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul

Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933. First Edition. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. Rare first edition with original dust jacket. Verse and illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. A dramatic stylistic shift from her body of work up until this point, Ouhtwaite's "Bunch of Wild Flowers" follows in the tradition of Margaret Tarrant and Cicely Mary Baker's little books of poetry illustrated with "flower fairies." Small quarto, six tipped colour plates, line drawings; original decorated... Read more
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AU$500.00
Mollie's Bunyip

Mollie's Bunyip

by [OUTHWAITE] RENTOUL, A. & I. S

Melbourne: Robert Jolley, 1904. First Edition. Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's first book. A fragile piece, Mollie's Bunyip is extremely rare and this copy is in particularly fine condition. Essentially a private publication - certainly one with a very limited circulation - it was published when Ida was just sixteen. The text is hand-scripted by Ida's elder sister, Annie, and tells the story of a little girl's adventures in the bush where she encounters the spirit of a friendly bunyip.... Read more
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AU$5,250.00
Elves and Fairies

Elves and Fairies

by OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul & Annie R

Melbourne and Sydney: Lothian Book Publishing, 1919. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. This wonderful book was the pinnacle of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's artistic career and won her national and international acclaim. Small quarto, original illustrated papered boards, six colour plates and other black & white illustrations; three plates with closed marginal tears, inner hinges reinforced with cloth tape, scattered marking of the boards, a very good copy.
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AU$750.00
Playing in the Snow

Playing in the Snow

by MALTBY, Peg

no date. Vibrant watercolour by British Australian illustrator, Peg Maltby (1899 - 1984). Peg Maltby, née Agnes Newberry Orchard, worked in England as an illustrator of chocolate-box lids before emigrating to Melbourne where she became a member of the Victorian Artists' Society holding successful exhibitions of her watercolours in the 1930s and 1940s. Maltby rose to fame with the publication of 'Peg's Fairy Book', published by Muffetts in 1944 and selling over 180,000 copies in... Read more
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AU$2,450.00
Songs for Young Australians

Songs for Young Australians

by [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul] TAYLOR, Bronnie, HARRHY, Edith

Melbourne: Allan & Co, 1941. Outhwaite, Ida Rentoul. A fresh and attractive Australian songbook for young children. Each of the twelve songs composed by Bronnie Taylor and Edith Harrhy are accompanied by a suite of lovely, playful sketches by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Interestingly, it is not recorded as Outhwaite's work in Marcie Muir's comprehensive bibliography of Australian Children's Books 1774-1972.
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AU$485.00
Glooskap's Country and Other Indian Tales

Glooskap's Country and Other Indian Tales

by MacMillan, Cyrus

Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1956. Hardcover. Good/fair. Hall, John A.. Green cloth hardcover in dustjacket. 1956, no additional date. A good copy with bumping and bending at the corners and spine tips and general wear to the board edges. The interior is much better - clean and unmarked, binding solid. Unclipped dustjacket is only fair with a 3" tear across the lower half of the front cover and heavy chipping and wear at the panel edges. 273 pp., illustrated - a great collection of... Read more
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$25.00
Fairy Tales; Illustrated by Kay Nielsen

Fairy Tales; Illustrated by Kay Nielsen

by [NIELSEN, Kay] ANDERSEN, Hans Christian

New York: Garden City Publishing, 1932. NIELSEN, Kay. Nielsen's subtle and symbolic paintings and artwork embellish Andersen's immortal tales. Large octavo, original red cloth with colour pictorial onlay, 273 pp., 8 colour plates, vignettes and decorations and full-page black & white illustrations throughout, decorated endpapers, previous owner's name on front endpaper, a near fine copy.
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AU$300.00
Sunday Sun Comics. Sunbeams Supplement to 'The Sunday Sun and Guardian' March 17 1946

Sunday Sun Comics. Sunbeams Supplement to 'The Sunday Sun and Guardian' March 17 1946

by BANCKS, J.C., GIBBS, May and others

Sydney: The Sunday Sun, 1946. Contains a variety of cartoons, including 'Bib and Bub' by May Gibbs (half page) and Bancks timeless Ginger Meggs (whole page). Eight page tabloid newspaper insert (305x380mm) printed in colour, in excellent condition.
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AU$185.00
Elves and Fairies; Series No. 75. Six Reproductions in Colour from the Original Paintings by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Elves and Fairies; Series No. 75. Six Reproductions in Colour from the Original Paintings by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

by [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul] Black's Beautiful Post Cards

London: A. & C. Black, 1930. First Edition. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. Collection of six post cards in mint condition illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, housed in their original envelope, as issued. The publication of "Elves and Fairies" in 1916 was the pinnacle of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's artistic career and won her national and international acclaim. Outhwaite became the queen of fairyland, exhibiting her paintings and publishing a wonderful canon of enchanting titles throughout her life. 'Then,... Read more
Item Price
AU$500.00
The Golem of Old Prague

The Golem of Old Prague

by Rosen, Michael (Val Biro, illus.)

London, UK: Deutsch. Hardbound. FINE. As new - gift quality! "Times were dangerous for the Jews of old Prague…and their leader, Rabbi Loeb, needed help against the cunning of his people's greatest enemy…So he fashioned out of mud a Golem…" 115 illustrated pages.
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$12.95
The Girl in the Apple. From a Tuscan Folk Tale

The Girl in the Apple. From a Tuscan Folk Tale

by BRUNSKILL, Anne

London: World's End Press, 1984. Translation by Helen Attlee. A short and curious fairy tale illustrated with hand coloured woodblock prints by Anne Brunskill. Limited edition of 120 copies signed by the translator and illustrator. Quarto, illustrated papered boards (back board a little rubbed); a fine copy in a slipcase showing some moderate external wear.
Item Price
AU$360.00