Quarto, viii, 92 (last blank),  (publisher's advertisements) pages plus 16 full-page plates (8 in colour) and pictorial endpapers.
Original quarter cloth and decorated papered boards with a pictorial title-label on the front cover; neat repair to the top portion of the front hinge; papered boards a little marked, with some wear to the extremities (mainly the corners and bottom... Read complete entry
The portrait (image size 90 x 55 mm) is mounted as issued on the printed card of 'E.L. Sands, Artist Photographer'. Edmund L. Sands is listed in Davies and Stanbury (1985) and Barrie (2002) at Port Adelaide (with Barrie supplying the date July 1876). This image probably dates from around that time.
Small oblong quarto, 106 pages with illustrations plus a frontispiece (all by Tom Ferry).
Quarter red cloth and pictorial cream papered boards printed in black and red; a very fine copy.
Muir 6266 (not identifying the author). The dedication to this pseudonymous work is by 'Aunt Sissie', whom we have identified as Lavinia Mary Scammell (1859-1915), the second of twelve children of Luther Scammell of Fauldings fame. This attribution appears not to have been made before. The manuscript is held by the State Library of South Australia in PRG 119: Papers of Mrs A.M. Madden. Item 112 in the list of papers is 'Manuscript of 'Laughter and Life: a tale for the young' by Lavinia Mary Scammell. 1912. 3 cm. Typescript. Written by Sissie Scammell (Red Gum Blossom) with a dedication to her nieces and nephews, 12 April 1912. This was published that year as 'A little bit of laughter and life for the young' by Hussey & Gillingham and was set in Adelaide. Each chapter is sewn together and housed inside a red covered album. The manuscript shows editorial marks ready for publication'.
London, Howard Baker, 1976 [facsimile edition]/ 1940 [serialised in The Magnet].
Quarto; papered boards; extremities slightly bumped; bottom edge slightly sunned; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, bumped and worn (with slight surface loss) and the top and bottom edges very slightly dusty (as ever).
London, Howard Baker, 1975 [facsimile edition]/ 1935 [serialised in The Magnet].
Quarto; papered boards; extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; bottom edge a little sunned; foot of the spine a trifle worn; pastedowns lightly offset; a very good copy with the dustwrapper lightly stained in the top quarter of the front panel and... Read complete entry
London, Howard Baker, 1974 [facsimile edition]/ 1912 [originally appearing in The Magnet].
Quarto; papered boards; extremities a little bumped and slightly marked; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little bumped and slightly rubbed and torn, and the top and bottom edges slightly dusty (as ever).
Adelaide, printed by Vardon and Sons [for the State Children's Council], 1907.
Octavo, [i], 147 pages plus 6 plates.
Original green cloth with the title in gilt on the spine; cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities and lightly marked; new endpapers; trifling nick to the leading edge of the first ten leaves; an excellent copy.
'This book is a labour of love. It was written by Miss Spence as a recognition of the services to the children of the State rendered by her friend, Miss C.E. Clark. The two ladies have been friends for fifty years, and were associated in the beginning of the Boarding Out of State Children in South Australia.... Miss Spence wrote the book, and the Council and other friends have subscribed to print and publish it ... It is sent forth to assist any fellow-workers among children, to whom its pages may bring encouragement, stimulus, or information.' This may explain why the book - at least in our experience - is rare (and the only other copy we have handled was bound in green cloth without the green lettering, also apparently original). Not marked as such, but from the collection of Sir Edward Charles Stirling.
Oblong imperial octavo (190 x 275 mm),  pages with numerous illustrations in black and white and colour (including a superb centrespread).
Quarter light blue cloth and colour pictorial papered boards; cloth a little flecked, with the ends a little rubbed and with minor loss of colour; papered boards a little rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to the corners and a few trifling... Read complete entry
Ethel Louise Spowers (1890-1947), Melbourne-born artist and printmaker, 'undertook (1911-17) the full course in drawing and painting at Melbourne's National Gallery schools.... Her first solo exhibition, held in 1920 ... showed fairy-tale drawings influenced by the work of Ida Outhwaite. In 1921-24 Spowers worked and studied abroad ... [in London and Paris].... Two further solo shows (1925 and 1927) at the New Gallery, Melbourne, confirmed her reputation as an illustrator of fairy tales, though by then she was also producing woodcuts and linocuts inspired by Japanese art and covering a broader range of subjects. A dramatic change in Spowers' style occurred in 1929 when she studied under Claude Flight (the leading exponent of the modernist linocut) at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, London.... In the 1930s her linocuts attracted critical attention for their bold, simplified forms, rhythmic sense of movement, distinctive use of colour and humorous observation of everyday life, particularly the world of children.... In the late 1930s she stopped practising as an artist due to ill health, but continued her voluntary work at the Children's Hospital. She died of cancer on 5 May 1947' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). She had destroyed many of her paintings in a bonfire; today her work, in particular her Grosvenor School prints, fetch extraordinary prices. This charming children's book, published a year after she died, incorporates all of the above qualities, and is a more affordable work on paper. Muir 7032 (calling in error for  pages).
Quarto, [viii], 240 pages with illustrations plus 6 colour plates.
Quarter cloth and pictorial papered boards extremities slightly rubbed and worn; prize plate; a bright, excellent copy with the dustwrapper sunned, marked, chipped and torn with slight loss and several tape repairs.
Square quarto,  pages with black and white illustrations.
Flush-cut colour pictorial card covers slightly rubbed at the extremities; top corner of the front cover slightly creased; an excellent copy (internally fine).
Authorized Edition Number 1766. Offered with two other uniform titles: Shirley Temple through the Day (Authorized Edition Number 1716; 32 pages; 1936; edges slightly rubbed and bumped, with creases to the leading edge of the last three leaves); and How I Raised Shirley Temple, by Her Mother ... As told to Mary Sharon (40 pages; 1935; extremities lightly rubbed; essentially a fine copy).
Adelaide, Rigby, 1974 (fourth impression Seal paperback)/ 1969.
Octavo, [iv], 188 pages with illustrations by Roger Haldane.
Colour pictorial card covers very slightly rubbed at the extremities; ownership signature on the half-title; an excellent copy.
The film of the book appeared in 1978; it featured young Greg Rowe, who also appeared in the title roll of Storm Boy in 1976. The title page of this copy is inscribed and signed by Greg Rowe, and signed by Colin Thiele and Matt Carroll, the executive producer.
Octavo, 95 pages with numerous plates (including 14 pages and 7 double-pages in colour) after photographs by David Kynoch.
Laminated colour pictorial papered boards; a fine copy.
Loosely inserted is form letter from the Arthritis Foundation SA from the author, with a facsimile of his signature. A Rigby Opal Book; this is the first edition issued after the feature film was produced, and the illustrations were taken on location during the making of the film.
Titles include Felicity's Fortune by Bessie Marchant; Lorrie's First Term by Norah Mylrea; The Fortunes of Philippa by Angela Brazil; and This Time Next Term and Two Thrilling Terms, both by Nancy Breary.
Original colour pictorial brown cloth with a colour plate laid down on the front cover; covers a little marked and rubbed; extremities slightly bumped; edges a little browned; top edge slightly foxed; half-title and last page a little offset; three... Read complete entry
Octavo, 235,  (blank), 20 (publisher's advertisements) pages plus a frontispiece and 15 illustrations by H.C. Sandy and D.H. Souter.
Original blind-stamped gilt-decorated dark green cloth; unevenly bound; extremities slightly rubbed and bumped; edges and initial leaves a little lightly foxed; binding cracked but sound; a very good copy.
Folio; papered boards; a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities; minor indent on bottom board (and bottom of dustwrapper); small tear to rear pastedown; a very good copy with the dustwrapper lightly rubbed and bumped with several associated minor... Read complete entry