Melbourne and Sydney: Thomas C. Lothian, 1914 (May). First Edition. Octavo (21 x 15.5cm), 228pp plus 12pp publisher's edvertisements, 12 full page illustrations, blind blocked boards in blue cloth with gilt blocked designe of a tree and lettering in gilt on the top baord and the spine, publisher's monogram "TCL" blind blocked on the rear board. Head and foot of spine gently pushed, corners lightly bumped, gilt bright. Item #772
Tullie Cornthwaite Wollaston was an opal dealer whose love for Australia’s natural beauty shone through his publications. The Spirit of the Child was his first published book and it was well received on publication, according to his publisher'd advertisement in the 1916 edition of his second book, Our Wattles. The Sydney Morning Herald described it as "an exceedingly attractive book" while The Dominion described it as a book full of sunny optimism...The illustrations of the Black Opals in their natural colours are quite notably beautiful." The book is written as a series of letters to his children and aims to instil an appreciation of the natural world and provoke a high level of idealism.