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WORRALS IN THE WILDS: The First Post-war Worrals Story

By Johns, Captain W.E.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1947. 191pp., colour-art frontispiece, plus unpaginated two-colour art illustrations (all by 'Stead') throughout. All called-for plates extant and attached. Book clean. Spine firm, minimally bumped and canted, with a sunned area on heel. Text-printed, original blue cloth boards very good. An original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, textblock edges and prelim. leaves flecked, else unmarked. Colour-art illustrated ('Stead'), loose-plastic protected dustjacket nipped and chipped, with short closed tears, a small colour-stripped spot on spine, plus a 30mm x 20mm piece excised from heel. Demobilised after the war, Worrals and Frecks are at a loose end after taking a flat in Knightsbridge. It was here they have a visit from an old friend, Bill Ashton, Flight Lieutenant, R.A.F., who informs them he is off to darkest Africa where his uncle has a gold mine. Two months later they are off to Africa as a search and rescue party of two, after their friend disappears. They encounter every danger before a solution is had . . . Contents include: Prelims., 18 chapters. Book weight approx. 260g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$31.85

WORRALS GOES EAST: A Worrals of the W.A.A.F. Story

By Johns, Captain W.E.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1947. 192pp., line-drawn area map front endpaper. Colour-art frontispiece, plus b/white sketch illustrations throughout by 'Stead'. Book clean. Spine bumped and canted. Titled, original blue cloth boards lightly shelfworn, with a noticeable pressure indentation on rear board. Textblock has faded top edge tint, an original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, flecked edges, and minor pressure marks on several rear leaves. Colour-art illustrated ('Stead'), loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, with several closed tears and creases, and price-clipped front flap. Flight Officer Joan Worralson and F.O. Betty Lovell (otherwise known as "Worrals" and "Flecks" to their comrades in the W.A.A.F. are sent to Aleppo in Syria to investigate a German propaganda racket designed to stir up unrest amongst the locals. A plane has crashed flown by a European woman, dressed in Arab clothing and wearing an ancient Persian necklace. Before they solve this mystery, the girls are in serious danger . . . Their adventure unfolds over 16 chapters. Book weight approx. 250g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Second Impression. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Good+/Good+. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$28.31

THE BLUE OPAL: An Adventure with Jenny and Sue Through the Vast Pacific

By MacPherson, Bruce and June

Caringbah, NSW, Australia : Young Australian Books No publication date (S.L.V. suggests 1965). Cited in Marcie Muir "A Bibliography of Australian Children's Books", 4708. Illustrated throughout with colour and b/white halftone plates. Book clean and square. Spine minimally bumped on head and heel (no splits or chips). Colour-illustrated (including 'Qantas' sponsored map on rear board) gloss boards nominally bumped only. Textblock firmly sewn and attached, very minor biopredation on last two leaves and rear pastedown (no text loss), else leaves unmarked. A stand-alone, fourth title in the 'True Australian Series'. Using a clever technique of photographing inanimate dolls against natural background, the author/s and photographers have written the story of Jenny and Sue and their travels through the Pacific in a quest to help their mermaid friend Melissa find her lost string of pearls. A wise old goanna assists them by giving Jenny and Sue a flashing blue opal - a lucky, magic stone he assures them will lead to the lost string of pearls . . . Book weight approx. 195g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$26.90

GIMLET MOPS UP: A "King of the Commados" Adventure

By Johns, Captain W.E.

Leicester, England: The Brockhampton Press, 1950. 160pp., b/white halftone plate frontispiece, plus three unpaginated like plates (artwork by Leslie Stead). All called-for plates extant and attached. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bumped on head and heel. Blue, original cloth boards minimally edgeworn only. Textblock edges tanned, else leaves unmarked. No dustjacket. In this fourth 'Gimlet' adventure, Cub, Copper and Trapper are called to a meeting in Brummel Square. London. There they meet up with Gimlet and General Sir George Craig whom they had met previously. The General needs our heroes' help tracking down members of a Nazi underground movement known as the 'Werewolves' who, although the war is over, are attempting to kidnap and try, after a mock trial, prominent Britains . . . Are the lads up to the challenge? The adventure unfolds over 16 gripping chapters. Book weight approx. 276g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Second Impression. Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$10.62

THE CUB

By Turner, Ethel

London: Ward, Lock & Co. No publication date (c. 1960). 189pp., b/white halftone plate frontispiece. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Plain orange boards minimally bumped on lower foredge corner of front board. Textblock edges lightly flecked, else leaves unmarked. Colour-art illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn and nipped, price-clipped, else very good. Set in the days of the First World War, 'The Cub' is a gripping story featuring Brigid, an Australian girl at finishing school in Belgium when that country is overrun by Germans. She escapes from Belgium and heads for home on the 'Orion'. It is onboard that she meets 'The Cub', a young man who is also voyaging home . . . Contents include: Prelims., 23 chapters. Book weight approx. 340g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Reprint. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$12.74

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Illustrated by Gavin O'Keefe)

By Carroll, Lewis

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Carroll Foundation, 1990. 128pp., intext b/white illustrations throughout by Australian illustrator Gavin O'Keefe. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped head and heel. Monochrome (red) illustrated (Gavin O'Keefe) boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Like-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn and bumped only. Published by the Carroll Foundation, Melbourne, this edition of the classic Lewis Carroll story should have a place on the shelf of any Alice collection . . . "Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank . . . " Contents include: Prelims., 12 chapters. Book weight approx. 595g. . First Thus. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$25.48

CHRISTMAS-TREE LAND (Facsimile Edition)

By Molesworth, Mrs

London: Macmillan's Children's Books, 1981. (ix), + 223pp., unpaginated b/white art-drawings throughout (including frontispiece) by Walter Crane (1845-1915). Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over charcoal cloth boards, lightly bumped on heel of spine else boards undamaged. Teal tinted endpapers and textblock top edge. Attached ribbon bookmark. Textblock unmarked. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly edgeworn and bumped only. 'Christmas-Tree Land' is a stand-alone title in the Macmillan Facsimile Classics series. It tells the story of Rollo and Maia, two young children who go to stay with their cousin in 'Christmas-Tree' land - an enchanting country of fir trees and a fairy-tale castle . . . Contents include: Prelims., 12 chapters. Book weight approx. 390g. . First Thus. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good. Illus. by Walter Crane. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$15.57

THE PIGMAN (Signed Copy)

By Zindel, Paul

London: Fontana Lions, 1979. 124pp., plus (iv). Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper mildly bumped and pressure marked, an original price sticker affixed to rear wrap. Inscribed 'To Fxxxx', signed and dated (3/80) by author on synopsis/review page, else leaves clean but noticeably age-toned. By Pulitzer Prize winner (Drama, 1971), playwright and novelist Paul Zindel (1936-2003), this is a disturbing young adult story of two bored, rather unhappy teenagers who randomly discover old Mr. Pignati while playing a telephone joke. Desperately lonely, Mr. Pignati (The Pigman) encourages their friendship by giving these youngsters generous gifts and the freedom of his house - but this story is not destined to end well . . . 15 chapters. Book weight approx. 110g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. Reprint, 4th Impression. Softcover. Good+. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$22.65

BIGGLES AND THE PIRATE TREASURE and Other Biggles Adventures

By Johns, Capt. W.E.

Leicester, England : Brockhampton Press, 1954. 184pp., unpaginated colour-art plates (Leslie Stead). All called-for plates extant and attached. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped head and heel. Blind-stamped, pattern-illustrated boards minimally bumped, else good. Textblock noticeably flecked, else unmarked. No dustjacket. This Biggles book of adventure is a collection of short stories, to wit: Biggles and the Pirate Treasure / The Case of the Obliging Tourist / Night Flight / The Case of the Ivory Idol / Biggles Buys a Watch / The Case of the Poisoned Crops / Biggles Nets a Fish / The Case of the Lunatic at Large / The Case of the Flying Clown / The Case of the Phone Box Murder / The Unknown Diamonds. Book weight approx. 235g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Illus. by Leslie Stead. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$19.82

WINGED SKIS

By Mitchell, Elyne

London: Hutchinson & Co., 1964. 247pp., story location map frontispiece and title page, plus intext, b/white sketch-illustrations throughout by Annette Macarthur-Onslow. Book clean and square. White title over lightly bumped spine. Blue boards undamaged; small, white art illustration on front board. No dustjacket. A small sketch-art (Macarthur-Onslow) illustration on front pastedown, together with an original seller's sticker, foxing flecks on endpapers and textblock edges, else leaves clean. Juvenile snow-skiing adventure set in the Mt. Kosciuszko area of southern New South Wales, Australia. "Barry Milton saw the long slope dropping away steeply between his overhanging ski-tips . . . " Contents include: Prelims., Glossary of Skiing Terms, 17 chapters. Book weight approx. 385g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Illus. by Annette Macarthur-Onslow. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.03

ROMANY WOOD

By Beshlie, with Walser, David

St Albans, Herts., and London : Granada (Hart-Davis), 1974. Unpaginated (24 pages). Monochrome, sketch-illustrated endpapers. Colour-art illustrations (Beshlie) on recto pages, with text and small colour illustration on verso pages throughout. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain green boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Art-illustrated (Beshlie), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, and slightly bumped only. Travelling the countryside living a gypsy life, together with her Romany husband, they live in a caravan with innumerable small creatures for company. A keen eye for botany, and an immense artistic talent, together with the animals in her company, blend beautifully in these stories . . . Book weight approx. 300g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$12.74

ALPHA SPIES: The Rise of Oceanus

By Teh, Charity

Singapore: Trafford Publishing, 2012. 68pp., b/white, intext sketch-illustrations throughout. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. No dustjacket (as issued). This title was written when the author was ten years of age, and at the time of publication she was just eleven . . . From the rear board: "What would you do if you were recruited into a secret organization - an organization that could save the world? Vickie and Kyle were plucked out of the ordinary to embark on very special missions that nobody ever knew existed. Armed with a few weapons and a talking cat, they go on their first adventure of their lives. Meanwhile, Oceanus, a power-mad man who works against the Alpha Spies, has stolen a magical locket belonging to one of the Alpha Spies team. Vicki and Kyle will stop at nothing to get it back." Book weight approx. 250g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$21.23

PETER AND THE ATOMIC VALLEY

By Mogridge, Stephen

London: Hutchinson 216pp. No publication date (c. 1955). Sketch-art b/white frontispiece. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped. Blue boards undamaged. Text-block edges flecked, else leaves slightly tanned. Colour-art illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, and mildly edgeworn, else good. A stand-alone title, the second in the Peter Grey series. This story finds Peter and his friend Terry who, while out cycling, notice a man with binoculars hiding in long grass observing planes near an aerodrome. The decision to watch him plunges the boys into a series of astonishing events . . . Contents include: Prelims., 16 chapters. Book weight approx. 220g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$31.85

THE DELTORA BOOK OF MONSTERS by Josef Palace Librarian in the Reign of King Alton

By Rodda, Emily

Lindfield, NSW, Australia: Scholastic Press, 2001. 48pp., colour-art endpapers, with stunning colour-art plates throughout by Marc McBride. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Colour-art illustrated boards nominally bumped on lower foredge corner only. Text-block unmarked. From the rear board: "Deltora is a land of magic and monsters. Here, gathered together for the first time in one volume, are many of the terrifying creatures that prowl Deltora's forests, mountains and deserts, swim in its waters and patrol its skies . . . " Contents include: Prelims., 21 monsters, commencing with Soldeen, and closing with Dragons. Book weight approx. 420g. . First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. Very Good +. Illus. by Marc McBride. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$28.31

THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACK PYRAMID

By Thiele, Colin

Montville, Queensland, Australia: Walter McVitty Books, 1996. 106pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean and unmarked, with faint edge-tanning. Art-illustrated (Lyn Wood) card wrapper very mildly edge-creased at head of rear panel. "Mark had been warned: the Black Pyramid, a huge outcrop of rock in a remote part of the Flinders Ranges, was not the sort of place people go to. Not if they can help it . . . " Juvenile fiction. Book weight approx. 170g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.32

THE BATTLE FOR TROY : An Adaptation of Homer's 'Iliad'

By Whiticker, Alan J.

Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., Australia: New Holland Publishers, 2004. 176pp., colour and b/white illustrations by Giovanni Caselli. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean and unmarked. Illustrated boards very lightly bumped on a lower foredge corner. From the rear panel: " . . . one of the greatest stories the world has ever known - Homer's 'Iliad' - retold as 'The Battle for Troy' by author Alan J. Whiticker. With brilliant illustrations from world-renowned artist Giovanni Caselli, the classic tale of the ten-year war between the Greeks and the Trojans is now available to a new generation of reader." Book weight approx. 655g. . First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. Illus. by Giovanni Caselli. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$14.16

LOVELEAVES RETURNS TO THE BUSH

By Pixie O'Harris

Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia: Dent Australia, 1988. 22pp., colour-art illustrations by Pixie O'Harris. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Faint foxing spots to first and last pages, else leaves clean and unmarked. Art-illustrated gloss boards very good+. From the rear panel: "This charming story tells of how Loveleaves, a koala who had been cared for by a human family from a very young age, learns to live in the Australian bush again . . . " Book weight approx. 225g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.32

SILVER BRUMBY KINGDOM

By Mitchell, Elyne

Richmond, Vic, Australia: Hutchinson Group [Australia], 1977. 189pp., intext, b/white sketch illustrations throughout by Annette Macarthur-Onslow. Book clean, square. Vivid silver title over lightly bumped spine. Plain green boards undamaged. Textblock clean and unmarked. Colour-art illustrated (Annette Macarthur-Onslow), loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn, else very good. The fourth title in the (Sybil) Elyne Mitchell (1913-2002) popular 'Silver Brumby' series features Baringa, grandson of the famous silver brumby Thowra, who dreams of taking his mares to graze on the Quambat Flat plains as spring approaches. However Lightning, a rival stallion, is not far away . . . Book weight approx. 300g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Third Impression.. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good. Illus. by Annette Macarthur-Onslow.

$21.23

TOBY AT TIBBS CROSS (First Edition)

By Bruce, Dorita Fairlie

London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1942. 192pp., colour-art frontispiece, and b/white art plates throughout by Margaret Horder. Book clean and square. Green title and art decoration over very lightly bumped and marked ochre cloth boards. An award presentation label affixed to ffep., foxing flecks on text-block edges, else leaves clean. No dustjacket. First edition of this schoolgirl fiction by ever-popular Dorita Fairlie Bruce (1885-1970), third title in the 'Toby' series, set on a south coast farm in Southshire, which finds a grown-up Tabitha 'Toby' Barrett happily working on a farm in war-torn England when a strange disease spreads among the farm animals. The only vet, Major Harper, is a concern for Toby, in fact -alarm, when, after injecting them they seem worse . . . This exciting adventure story unfolds over 27 chapters. Book weight approx. 435g. . First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good +. Illus. by Margaret Horder. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$60.16

PUNCH AND JUDY

By Weatherly, F.E.

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: View Productions, 1987. Unpaginated (50 pages). First edition facsimile colour plates throughout (Artwork: Patty Townsend). Book clean, bright gilt title over minimally bumped and canted spine. Plain boards undamaged. Slight wave to several leaves, else textblock clean. Colour-art illustrated (Patty Townsend), loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn, with a short closed tear. "A facsimile from the original publication of 1887." Book weight approx. 450g. . First Thus. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Patty Townsend. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$10.62

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