London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1925. First Edition. Pp. 247, decorated title page, colour frontispiece, 7 full page colour illustrations, 12 full page b&w illustrations & b&w drawings in text, original grey cloth with navy lettering and silhouette images, decorated endpapers, dust light green wrapper with illustration pasted onto the front cover. Scattered foxmarks to the edges of the textblock, occasional foxmarks and soiling but mostly clean throughout. The jacket is slightly darker at the edges with only minor creases at the head and foot of the spine. (Muir, 1970, p.326). Item #820
Harold Gaze produced illustrations for his own stories during a period in which "more attention than ever was being paid to the child who was beginning to read for himself" (Saxby vol 1, p. 175). Saxby laments that in Australia "a great number of these book [were] so bad that it would be unprofitable to even mention them." (ibid.) Saxby considers Harold Gaze one of the exceptions, suggesting his "stories of enchanted travel are told with some liveliness and imagination." (p.176). Gaze is appreciated today mostly for his illustrations, which are filled with curious and whimsical creatures and characters.