Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918. First Edition. Quarto (29 x 22cm); pp. [2, half title, blank], 171, [1, printers' address]; coloured title page precedes typographical title page, A&R endpapers; tan illustrated boards, brown cloth spine with gilt lettering, facsimile illustrated dust wrapper. Muir 4263.
Boards are mostly clean with soiling along the edges; minor edge wear to the head and tail of spine and lower edge of the boards, corners lightly abraded, facsimile dust wrapper taken from a wrapper that has a 1 x 0.5 chip from the top joint and a slight tea-cup ring towards the base of the illustration; bookplate of David G.L. Worland on front paste down, ownership signature dated 1918 on f.f.e.p., slight foxing to the margins of the typographical title page, very minor toning towards edges of leaves, otherwise clean throughout.
Loosely inserted, advertisement for the 1984 edition of The Magic Pudding comprising a foolscap sized piece of card with the title page illustrations presented as a 33cent stamp on recto and the title, extract, questions and an activity ("Write your own Australian fantasy story using Australian characters and places") on the verso. Item #962
Norman Lindsay had published humourous drawings of koalas and other animals in The Bulleting and The Lone Hand before he concieved of the idea for this famous children's book. Contemporary reviews were enthusiastic and the book has continued to delight for generations. The Bulletin review of the day, afterremarking on the high price, described it thus:
The author starts of with a delicious idea - a pudding named Albert that has legs and arms as well as a hoarse voice with which to insult people pf small appetite who don't eat enough of him. Immediately after a meal Albert is all there again, and wearing his bowl as a hat, is ready to take anyone's hand and tramp on another stage with bushman Bill Barnacle, Sam Sawnoff, the Penguin, and Bunyip Bluegum the author's famous native bear ... Everybody sings and fights and eats magic puddin' with tremendous zest, and the story ends cheerfully up a tree on which the Noble Puddin--Owners have built a little house with a flagstaff for the Australian ensign and a little puddin' paddock for the puddin'.
See Muir, A history of Australian childrens book illustrations (1982) and Muir, Australian Children's Book Illustrators (1977).