New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1929. Authorized American Edition. Hardcover. This is the first trade edition, published in New York, preceding the London edition by 2 years. (A deluxe edition was published in Melbourne in1926 and was limited to 1000 copies). This edition also includes 2 stories (The Crystal Gazer & The Wave) and 3 color plates (The Fairy Ring, The Crystal Gazer & The Lost Playmate) and 1 b&w plate (The Wave) not included in the London edition. Verses by Annie R. Rentoul, stories by Grenbry Outhwaite and Annie R. Rentoul.
Sml. folio, 166pp, frontis & 15 color plates & 31 intricate b&w full page plates and decorations in text by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Orig. red decorated buckram with gilt title. Spine a little sunned with a couple of small marks, and the gilt a trifle oxidized, but very nice overall. Text is supremely clean, crisp & tight. Muir 5602 for this famous children's book, whose illustrations of fairies, mermaids, kookaburras, frogs, koalas, lizards & brownies draw inspiration from the Australian wildlife of Outhwaite's youth. The fabulous illustrations by Outhwaite are very sought after. Item #15327