Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies - May Gibbs Circa 1920 - Angus & Robertson Ltd, Sydney - First Edition, Early Printing (First printed 1917). A scarce early printing of the third of five booklets in May Gibb’s famous Gum Nut series, which laid the way for her series of ten longer books relating the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (and their friends and relations) over the next quarter of a century.

Charmingly illustrated with a colour plate tipped onto the front covers, a colour frontispiece, pictorial title page, and eleven full page sepia-tinted plates. One plate with later water colouring, and one with partial colouring.
  May Gibbs (1877-1969), author, illustrator and cartoonist, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians with her lovable bush characters and fanciful landscapes. Her iconic children's literature and folklore is still as popular as ever, holding a special place in the Australian consciousness. Best known for her Gum Nut series of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Gibbs also wrote and illustrated many other children's books, produced long-running cartoon strips and a variety of commercial work. A fiercely determined woman, she was Australia's first full-time, professionally trained children's book illustrator, developing an uniquely Australian fantasy vernacular which is relevant now as it was then. In 1955, May Gibbs was appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) in acknowledgement of her important contribution to children’s literature.

Printed by W. C. Penfold & Co Ltd., 88 Pitt Street, Sydney. (Note - By 28th January 1920 - W. C. Penfold & Co Ltd. had moved from 183 Pitt Street to their new premises at 88 Pitt Street).

References: State Library of New South Wales [www2.sl.nsw.gov.au/archive/discover_collections/society_art/gibbs/index.html].

pp. [28]. In publisher’s green card wrappers, colour plate tipped on to front panel which is lettered in dark green, bound with green and yellow string tie.
  Condition: Very good, first page with ‘to’ and ‘from’ neatly inscribed, title page verso and one plate with later hand colouring.   Ref: 108049   Price: HK$ 1,200