Melbourne and Sydney: The Lothian Book Publishing Coy. Pty. Ltd., 1916. [Children's Verse] FIRST EDITION. Folio (39 x 26cm), pp. 117 . Complete with 15 mounted colour plates with tissue guards, and 30 black and white mounted plates. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine and upper. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed, complete with the list of subscribers. Inscribed 'Fry de Little | April 1917' in black ink to 'This Book Belongs To...' leaf. Very light occasional spotting throughout. Creasing, chips and tears to most tissue guards; all present, with captions. Several minor archival repairs to small tears on leaf and plate margins. Small creases to corners of the following plates: p.5; 17; 23; 29; 41; 43; 55; 56; 59; 61; 64; 77; 79; 85; 95; 101; 107; 109. A large crease through the plate to p.5, 'Moonrise', only. A large chip to fore-edge of p.105. Otherwise clean throughout. Spine toned, with gilt there entirely dulled. Light wear to cloth. An attractive, very good copy, showing some minor internal repairs. Rare thus. Australia's most accomplished artist from the golden age of children's gift-books, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's sumptuous work on fairies is shown at its best in this high quality production entirely printed and bound in Melbourne, Australia. Item #63841
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