Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Their Adventures Wonderful -
1918 - Angus & Robertson Ltd., Sydney - First Edition, first issue (W. C. Penfold & Co Ltd., 183 Pitt Street)
A pretty first edition of May Gibbs' best known work, and her first full-length book. Charmingly illustrated with a colour plate tipped onto the front covers, a colour frontispiece, pictorial title page, twenty-two full page sepia-tinted plates, and vignettes throughout the text (in black).
‘This enchanting story of two little gumnut brothers and their friends, set in the Australian bush, captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of children. Offering lessons for its young readers, the story balanced good with evil by introducing the bad Banksia Men and Mrs Snake. There was also an underlying conservation message: “Humans, please be kind to all Bush creatures and don't pull flowers up by the roots”.
Gibbs dedicated the book to ‘Lefty and Bill’ which were nicknames for her beloved mother and father. When the book was released in late 1918 it was an enormous success with the first, second and third editions selling out almost immediately.’ - State Library of New South Wales.