[Sydney]: Blyth and Pratt, n.d. [c.1920]. First Edition. Quarto (28 x 21.8cm), 56 unnumbered pages, 55 illustrations by Lionel Lindsay; oatmeal cloth spine, illustrated card covers. Not mentioned in the Muir bibliography though she does mention it in her history of Australian childrens' book illustrations. OCLC lists seven copies with only one copy held outside Australia.
Two dark stains on the top edge of the top board (4 x 1cm and 1 x 1.5cm), also creases and small chips corners and edges; back board has large chips at three corners (repaired) and an expertly closed horseshoe tear through the illustration. New endpapers, bookplate of David Worland and bookseller sticker on the front pastedown; minor foxing and age toning towards the edges of the title page; otherwise clean throughout with a little edge wear to some pages. Item #961
A scarce children's book illustrated by Lionel Lindsay.
Lindsay created "Chunder Loo" to advertise Cobra boot polish in Australian national journal The Bulletin. The fortnightly page was extremely popular during the First World War, and The Bulletin doubled the fee when Linsday, feeling he and O'Ferrall (who penned the verses) were underpaid, threatened to drop the page. "Chunder Loo, the turbanned Indian with his cobra, his koala bear, and the fox terrier dog were the characters featured in these Advertisements...[Lindsay] took them all on a trip to the Front, and their exploits at each port of call, in London and Paris, in the trenches, on the sea, and even in the air, were followed with delight by Australian children whose parents read The Bulletin." (Muir, 1982, p.88).
The book was published at the end of WWI. See Muir, A history of Australian childrens book illustrations (1982) and Muir, Australian Children's Book Illustrators (1977).