Melbourne: Melbourne Publishing Company, n.d. . Octavo, pp.133, col. Frontispiece, 6 full page colour illustrations and 10 b&w illustrations, boards (with colour illustration on front cover), 24.5 x 18cm, dust-jacket. [Muir (1970) p.325]
Condition: Slight lean, light bumping to head and tail of spine, corners rubbed, pages tanned but not brittle, some foxing to the margins of the colour plates, dust jacket chipped and foxed. Good/Good.
Harold Gaze (1885 – 1962) was born in New Zealand and studied at art schools in London before WWI. He moved to Melbourne where he wrote and illustrated nine books for children between 1918 and 1921. He is known for his delightfully subversive fairy illustrations which provide a counterpoint to most fairy fantasies of the early twentieth century. Where contemporary Australian illustrator Ida Outhwaite Rentouil’s creations might be described as gauzy, Gaze is renowned for sinuous, opalescent watercolours and capricious characters. (O’Conor, p.195)