Sydney: Edwards, Dunlop and Co., 1889. First edition. Hardcover. A classic Australian children's picture book showcasing the birds and animals of the country. 'In this little book my endeavour has been to describe as briefly, and in as simple a manner as possible, some of the most remarkable of the Australian Animals. ... my chief object being to enlist the interest of my little countrymen and countrywomen in the natural history of the beautiful birds and other animals of their own "Sunny Land."' Features text and b&w illustrations by W. Anderson, i.e., The Blackman, Cockatoo, Swan, Talegalla, Cuckoo, Platypus, Spotted Bower Bird, Robin, Magpie, Dollar Bird, Opossum, Jabiru, Kangaroo, Lyre bird, Coburra (Kookaburra), Australian Hedgehog, Ibis, Dingo, Emu, Finch, Vampire Bat, Crested Oreoica, Warbling Grass Parrakeet, Wombat, Xerophila.
6 x 10", heavy tan card covers with black illustrated title, cloth spine, staple bound contents. Unpaginated, 54 pp (missing last few pp); 25 of 26 plates present (per Trove). Boards are rubbed, chipped at corners, dusty. Boards and spine separated from interior, cloth spine rubbed, chipped at foot 1". Interior, edges dusty, minor pencil drawings on blank pp, inscription on title page. Illustrations and text are clean. Ferguson 9622A; Muir 2549; Trove 56544440; OCLC: 21811500. Good -. Item #21991