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COLLECTIBLE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

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COLLECTIBLE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

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1 THE SEA STORY OMNIBUS
Collins 1956 Reprint Pictorial Boards Very Good/Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Very Good/Good condition. 
Price: 15.00 AUD
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2 Beilby, Richard The Brown Land Crying
Sydney Angus & Robertson 1st Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 22cm Stackpool 
308pp. dustwrapper by Walter Stackpool, dj very bright, dj unclipped with two tiny tears to top. 
Price: 25.00 AUD
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3 Dunstone Max CORNET OF DRAGOONS
Blackie, London 1959 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Michael Ross 
An adventure story set in England in 1804. A very good copy with NO FOXING, MARKS ETC. and UNCLIPPED PRICE 
Price: 45.00 AUD
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4 Fox Mem SAILAWAY The Balad of Skip and Nell
Scholastic Press, Lindfield 2006 1865049514 / 9781865049519 Card Cover Very Good 22cm Pamela Lofts 
Follow the intrepid adventure of the two dingo pups as they travel round Australia. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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5 Haining, Peter (intro) PATHS TO THE RIVER BANK: The Origins of The Wind In The Willows from the writings of Kenneth Grahame.
UK Souvenir Press 1983 Hard Cover Excellent Excellent 22.5cm Beresford, C 
Grahame's most famous work began as have many others with personal letters & stories to sons & daughters. His early work was the footing for many a riverine adventure. 
Price: 30.00 AUD
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6 HARRIS, Pixie O. & Lynette Yardley, Eva Lawton, Gwen M. Cock. THE ''PIXIE O. HARRIS FAIRY BOOK''. STORIES AND VERSE BY LYNETTE YARDLEY, EVA LAWTON, GWEN M. COCK, PIXIE O. HARRIS.
Adelaide Rigby reprinted edition Softcover Good None issued 25 Cm 
(Adelaide: Rigby: dated 1981 Pictorial wrappers (that is, flexible covers) pp. 63 (262 x 207 mm) Illustrations in Color, Half-Tone and Line by Pixie O. Harris. Imagine the joy of discovering a book like this in pristine condition - I had that joy for about 5 seconds, the 6th second was when I discovered that a child had been given coloured pencils as well as the book! Although she has done a very very neat job I had a little cry - oh well, see the accompanying pics. Teddy bookplate inside cover half removed (why not?) name on 1st page, plastic wrapper on book. Apart from the kid's colouring the book is unmarked nor even a spot of foxing to be seen (sob). 
Price: 75.00 AUD
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BIGGLES AND THE DARK INTRUDER, Johns Captain W.E.
7 Johns Captain W.E. BIGGLES AND THE DARK INTRUDER
Brockhampton Press, London 1970 First Hard Cover Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 19 cm 
Very good copy of this First Edition Biggles title. Clean, crisp white pages with no markings, names inscriptions etc.and tight, straight binding. This is the First Edition Hard Cover with original Dust Jacket. The hard cover has a small bump on the upper back approx 1.5cm in length (see photo)else is in excellent condition with the boards retaining the original blue colour. The dust jacket retains the bright colour with a small 1cm tear lower back (see photo). The dust jacket is unclipped and has the original bookseller price sticker still attached (see photo). 
Price: 580.00 AUD
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BIGGLES GOES ALONE, Johns Captain W.E.
8 Johns Captain W.E. BIGGLES GOES ALONE
London Hodder and Stoughton 1962 First Hard cover Very good Very good 18cm Stead Yes
This is a very good First Edition copy of Captain Johns "Biggles Goes Alone". Internally the book is tightly bound, has clean crisp pages and has a single inscription neatly hand written on the inside "Happy Christmas to Peter, with love from Robyn 1970". There are 13 illustrations, one colour plate and 12 b/w illustrations by Stead. The dust jacket is intact with a tiny tear to upper back approx. 1cm in length. The price is intact and the original Book Seller sticker is also intact. See photographs for condition. The dust jacket colour remains bright on both front and spine. 
Price: 320.00 AUD
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9 Lewis, Elizabeth Foreman Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Australia George Harrap & Co 1939 1st Australian Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket 19cm K Wiese 
This book is the story of a thirteen year old boy from the farms of central China who, with his widowed mother, moves to the big city, Chungking (now spelled Chongqing). Because life on the farm is so uncertain, and, in fact, rather dangerous because of banditry, Fu will be apprenticed to Tang, a master coppersmith. The book portrays a turbulent time, after the fall of Imperial government, and before a new order could arise, a time of war and disunity. This book won the 1933 Newbery Medal for best contribution to American children's literature. review > Great book with huge insight into Chinese thinking and culture. Full of adventure and drama, with a rich cultural background. Very educational, with a focus on character issues! Definitely recommended for teens and adults or a challenge-loving younger student. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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10 McKay, Kathleen Sing a Song of Bushland
Sydney John Sands Hard Boards Fair/good None issued 27cm Bill Davies 
Quarter cloth pictorial boards, 16pages (275 x 213 mm) and with colour illustrations by Bill Davies. It's a selection of Australiana-themed poems such as "The Man from Buttabone" "The Man of Gerringong" "Coolongolook" and even the Cockatoo from Boggabri (you get the idea. Worn, bumped corners (see the pics), Stain to front too but inside is okeydokey. 
Price: 75.00 AUD
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11 Milligan Spike SPIKE'S BIKE BOOK - For Parents of Little Kids
Traffic Authority, Australia 1988 073054748 First Edition Soft Cover with Staple Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
This is the first in the three part series issued by the NSW Minister for Transport. Black and white illustrations as well as line drawings by Spike Milligan support the text. Puzzle page filled in, good condition. 
Price: 58.00 AUD
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12 Raymond, Moore (Neville Ernest) Smiley
London Sylvan Press 1945 First Edition Hardcover Good Poor 18.5cm 
183pp. Here's the synopsis and information >>> Smiley was a young Australian boy, William Thomas Greevins, who was constantly falling into adventures & mischief in the Australian outback town where he lived and attended Murrumbilla State School. To many Australians (Neville Ernest) Moore Raymond's book "Smiley" is eponymous with a time of simple bush-town naivete, but when it hit the bookshops to great acclaim it was hailed as an Australian Huckleberry Finn and film rights were bought immediately by Sir Alexander Korda. The book's success inspired two followups, Smiley Gets a Gun. London, Sylvian Press, 1947 & Smiley Roams the Road, Hulton Press, 1959. Both these titles fall into the "not too hard to find" category whereas the original is as scarce as can be imagined, eg: one currently listed in Ireland at 3X ours but a later copy. The book, though written for adults, was successfully adapted into a movie screenplay that had a very long gestation as its successive directors sought the ideal character to portray Smiley and an ideal film location. Raymond's brother asserted the three Smiley stories were inspired by memories of hot, dusty little towns of childhood. Moore Raymond was born in Queensland in 1903(4?) at Pimpama and educated at Toowoomba Grammar and then Queensland University. He worked as a freelance journalist, author, broadcaster and actor whilst working in Britain. In 1946 Korda sent Raymond to Australia to find a possible child actors and locations over a three month search. However Korda says he could not find an appropriate director and shelved it. Korda eventually assigned the project to Anthony Kimmins, who had served in Australia in World War Two. He arrived in Australia in March 1950 to begin preproduction and announced he would make the film near Augathella for 100,000. However after actually inspecting the site he doubted it would be useful and he was unable to find an actor he was happy with. Plans to make the movie were delayed again. Kimmins returned to Australia in September 1955 to begin again and after interviewing over 2,000 boys, he cast Colin Peterson as Smiley and Bruce Archer as Joey. Keith Calvert got the Smiley role in "Smiley Gets a Gun". Colin Petersen, the original Smiley, went on to become a drummer in the Bee Gees. Filming started in late October, with the township of Murrumbilla created on an estate at Camden Park. Roles went to Chips Rafferty, Ralph Richardson, John McCallum, Bud Tingwell & Leonard Teale amongst others...... . As part of our literary heritage this book will make a great heirloom gift as a valuable memento of our recent cultural past. Serious literature critics were quite right in their comparisons of the story with Twain's Huckleberry Finn. There's enormous scope to interpret Raymond's book as social commentary on our relationship with Britain, our treatment of the aborigines, class structure and business ethics/morals. This extract by essayist Emma Hamilton is an example of the interpretations put > At the macro-level. Smiley's journey can also be seen as a metaphor for nationhood. Smiley is introduced possessing distinctly adult qualities: he recites poetry and has a large vocabulary, he troubles himself with the romance between school teacher Miss Workman and Sergeant Flaxman, and promises that he will provide dinner for his mother. He is, as many scholars have suggested of Australia itself, 'born modern'. (Extract from the excellent Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand edited by James E. Bennett, Rebecca Beirne). Raymond's writing credits >>> During the 1930s he wrote a number of plays for broadcast on the BBC (mostly for Midland) including the burlesque (in rhyme) The Marmalade Mystery (1935) and the series The House Next Door (1936), the Christmas revue Folly and Mistletoe (with others, 1936), the series How to Make the Best of... (1937), the comedy Twenty-one Days at Sea (1937), Seeing Life (1938), and This Week's Films (1943-44) for the Forces. Raymond was also the film and television critic for the Sunday Dispatch. Moore Raymond died in Barcelona on 13 June 1965, aged 62. A true classic of Australia literature & to find a first edition WITH a dustjacket is just amazing. 
Price: 550.00 AUD
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13 Raymond, Moore (Neville Ernest) Smiley
London Sylvan Press 1945 First Edition First Reprint Hardcover Good No Jacket 18.5cm 
183pp. Previous name in fountain pen 1st blank page, foxing at endpapers & compressed page edges, sticker removal mark (old), cloth fold mark, not visible inside, slight cant over many years laid flat -see photos re these. Here's the synopsis and information >>> Smiley was a young Australian boy, William Thomas Greevins, who was constantly falling into adventures & mischief in the Australian outback town where he lived and attended Murrumbilla State School. To many Australians (Neville Ernest) Moore Raymond's book "Smiley" is eponymous with a time of simple bush-town naivete, but when it hit the bookshops to great acclaim it was hailed as an Australian Huckleberry Finn and film rights were bought immediately by Sir Alexander Korda. The book's success inspired two followups, Smiley Gets a Gun. London, Sylvian Press, 1947 & Smiley Roams the Road, Hulton Press, 1959. Both these titles fall into the "not too hard to find" category whereas the original is as scarce as can be imagined, eg: one currently listed in Ireland at 3X ours but a later copy. The book, though written for adults, was successfully adapted into a movie screenplay that had a very long gestation as its successive directors sought the ideal character to portray Smiley and an ideal film location. Raymond's brother asserted the three Smiley stories were inspired by memories of hot, dusty little towns of childhood. Moore Raymond was born in Queensland in 1903(4?) at Pimpama and educated at Toowoomba Grammar and then Queensland University. He worked as a freelance journalist, author, broadcaster and actor whilst working in Britain. In 1946 Korda sent Raymond to Australia to find a possible child actors and locations over a three month search. However Korda says he could not find an appropriate director and shelved it. Korda eventually assigned the project to Anthony Kimmins, who had served in Australia in World War Two. He arrived in Australia in March 1950 to begin preproduction and announced he would make the film near Augathella for 100,000. However after actually inspecting the site he doubted it would be useful and he was unable to find an actor he was happy with. Plans to make the movie were delayed again. Kimmins returned to Australia in September 1955 to begin again and after interviewing over 2,000 boys, he cast Colin Peterson as Smiley and Bruce Archer as Joey. Keith Calvert got the Smiley role in "Smiley Gets a Gun". Colin Petersen, the original Smiley, went on to become a drummer in the Bee Gees. Filming started in late October, with the township of Murrumbilla created on an estate at Camden Park. Roles went to Chips Rafferty, Ralph Richardson, John McCallum, Bud Tingwell & Leonard Teale amongst others...... . As part of our literary heritage this book will make a great heirloom gift as a valuable memento of our recent cultural past. Serious literature critics were quite right in their comparisons of the story with Twain's Huckleberry Finn. There's enormous scope to interpret Raymond's book as social commentary on our relationship with Britain, our treatment of the aborigines, class structure and business ethics/morals. This extract by essayist Emma Hamilton is an example of the interpretations put > At the macro-level. Smiley's journey can also be seen as a metaphor for nationhood. Smiley is introduced possessing distinctly adult qualities: he recites poetry and has a large vocabulary, he troubles himself with the romance between school teacher Miss Workman and Sergeant Flaxman, and promises that he will provide dinner for his mother. He is, as many scholars have suggested of Australia itself, 'born modern'. (Extract from the excellent Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand edited by James E. Bennett, Rebecca Beirne). Raymond's writing credits >>> During the 1930s he wrote a number of plays for broadcast on the BBC (mostly for Midland) including the burlesque (in rhyme) The Marmalade Mystery (1935) and the series The House Next Door (1936), the Christmas revue Folly and Mistletoe (with others, 1936), the series How to Make the Best of... (1937), the comedy Twenty-one Days at Sea (1937), Seeing Life (1938), and This Week's Films (1943-44) for the Forces. Raymond was also the film and television critic for the Sunday Dispatch. Moore Raymond died in Barcelona on 13 June 1965, aged 62. A true classic of Australia literature. 
Price: 475.00 AUD
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14 Sibley Brian and Sage Alison A TREASURY OF NARNIA The Story of C.S. LEWIS AND HIS CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
Harper Collins, London 1999 0001857169 / 9780001857162 1st Edition Hard Cover Excellent Excellent 29cm Pauline Baynes 
A little treasure of information including where C.S. LEWIS'S IDEAS CAME FROM AND WHAT HE WAS LIKE BOTH AS A SMALL BOY AND AS HE GREW UP. You can read too about the founding of Narnia itself, its quirky time keeping, its adjoining countries and their customs, its unusual creatures and even how to make some of the delicious food that is so lovingly described. In addition the book is graced with photographs of C.S. . LEWIS'S EARLY LIFE AND HOMES AND WITH many of the original illustrations from The Chronicles, now in colour. 
Price: 52.00 AUD
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