Juvenile Fairy Tales & Folklore

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Juvenile Fairy Tales & Folklore Books & Ephemera

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 Fool & the Flying Ship

The Fool & the Flying Ship

by Metaxas, Eric

Rowayton, CT: Rabbit Ears, 1992. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Drescher, Henrik. Oblong 8vo. Unpaginated. Bound in glossy, illustrated boards in matching dust jacket. Full-color illustrations by Henrik Drescher. Retelling of a Russian folktale for the 'We All Have Tales' series. Fine bright, clean copy in Fine dust jacket.
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$20.00
The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

by Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm; Elizabeth Shub, trans

New York: Greenwillow, 1980. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/near fine. Domanska, Janina. Small 4to. Unpaginated. Bound in quarter purple cloth over blue boards, in illustrated dust jacket. Full-color illustrations by Janina Domanska. Translated by Elizabeth Shub. Near Fine, minor shelfwear, otherwise, bright, clean copy, in Near Fine dust jacket with light wear to extremities.
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$35.00
The Little Shepherdess and Other Stories

The Little Shepherdess and Other Stories

by Andersen, Hans Christian

Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, 1923. Mabel Lucie Attwell. Collection of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen with delightful illustrations by Mabel Lucie Attwell. Includes "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Flying Trunk", "Little Tuk" and "The Little Shepherdess" Octavo, 64 pages, colour frontispiece + one full page colour plate, black & white illustrations throughout, original owner's gift inscription dated 23.12.23, a very... Read more
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AU$45.00
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
The Warrior and the Wise Man

The Warrior and the Wise Man

by Wisniewski, David

New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1989. First edition, as stated. Hardcover. Fine/good +. Glossy pictorial hard cover with matching jacket. Inscribed and signed by the author on the 1/2 title page. 'Tozaemon was the greatest warrior in the land. His twin brother, Toemon, was the greatest wise man. Their father, the emperor, set them a task: to bring him the five eternal elements. The brother who returned first with the prize would become the next... Read more
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$25.00
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
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,... Read more
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AU$2,200.00
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. 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 of... Read more
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AU$2,750.00
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
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.
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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
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.
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AU$175.00
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.
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AU$175.00
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
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
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
A Scythe, a Rooster, and a Cat

A Scythe, a Rooster, and a Cat

by Domanska, Janina

New York: Greenwillow Books, 1981. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. 8vo. Unpaginated. Bound in illustrated boards in matching dust jacket. Illustrated in full color by Domanska. Adapted from a Russian folktale. Near Fine, clean tight copy in, Very Good, price-clipped dust jacket with light sunning to spine, minor wear to extremities, "Greenwillow Library Edition" sticker wrapper around lower spine. This is not an ex-library copy.
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$20.00
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
Sleeping Boy

Sleeping Boy

by Craddock, Sonia

New York: Atheneum, 1999. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. Gore, Leonid. 4to. Unpaginated. Bound in illustrated boards in matching illustrated dust jacket. Illustrated in full color by Leonid Gore. Fine, bright copy in Very Good+ dust jacket with light weat to extremities.
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$25.00
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
Abiyoyo Returns

Abiyoyo Returns

by Seeger, Pete and Paul DuBois Jacobs

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good. Hays, Michael. 8vo. Unpaginated. Bound in glossy illustrated boards in matching dust jacket. Full-color illustrations by Michael Hays. Fine in Very Good dust jacket, two small puncturemarks to front cover near spine, minor wear to extremities.
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$15.00
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
The Chewg-um-blewg-um

The Chewg-um-blewg-um

by GAZE, Harold

Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and London: Whitcombe & Tombs Limited, 1919. First Edition. GAZE, Harold. A fine copy of this book of poetry about a gum-leaf chewing koala written and illustrated by Harold Gaze, known for his 'distinct personal style'. (Muir, A history of Australian childrens book illustration, p. 77) The Chewg-um-blewg-um is the third part of the "Mite Merry" series, valued for its rich colour plates. The imaginative and atmospheric fairyscapes of Gaze's... Read more
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AU$1,200.00