Ida Rentoul Outhwaite-Queen of Fairyland

Everything by fairy artist Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Listed from earliest to most recent.

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IRO Collector commented on Austral Greetings - series of 6 postcards
Hi Jimmy...Andrew from the epic auction here. please email me...for a chat: [email protected]
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Jimmy in Wales UK commented on Austral Greetings - series of 6 postcards
Won two of these in an epic auction on eBay on 25 July 2021
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I have a Fairyland book numbered 717. No slip case and unsigned. The spine was damaged and has been very well repaired. I could be interested in selling it but would need to be assured it was not going to be turned into framed prints.
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IRO Collector
Hi. L Duncan, Thanks for getting in touch. Teddy ! ...sounds interesting. ....any chance of a photo of front and back covers please ? ...and inside front and back cover if that's okay. ...many of the printing variations are minor. ...You are considering selling it right ?? The only catch is that I have a lot already...but I don't have all the recorded ones...and there are probably heaps of unrecorded printings too. I hope you liked the website. Regards Andrew [email protected]
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Hi Bridget....please get back in touch when you can. I'd be very interested in knowing more about your book. Regards Andrew [email protected]
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LDuncan
I have a 313 Teddy Bear's Birthday Party
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...and Bridget, are you in Australia or UK ? Just curious. Nearly all my copies of the books have been from UK. Regards Andrew
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Hi Bridget, Thanks for getting in touch. ...congrats on owning a copy of book 2. It's one of the better ones. Full colour Ida painting ...and a small koala in the first few pages. ...is your copy for sale ? I'd love to know some details. Regards Andrew [email protected]
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Yvonne ? Please get in touch about your book if you get the chance. Regards Andrew [email protected]
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I have a copy of Book 2, in great condition but no dust jacket
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Hi Mrs. Ducker, thanks for getting in touch. ...but I don't think you'll like my assessment of the book value. ...so there are four in the series...three have Ida nd one has her husband. Your book 1 is probably the best, with the two colour Ida pictures. ...but as you can probably see on the website, I have bought a lot (I am up to 18 different printings, over the 4 volumes) ...and part of the reason is that they are always good prices. ...around $30. ...but $50-$60 could be worth a try, if you are selling. ...speaking of which...if you are wanting to sell...please let me know...and maybe please quote the strange, ting numbers & letters in the front and back. - one should be under 'Made in Great Britain' at the front and the other as the last 'line' on the last page of text. ...it is amazing though...these books have SO many printings and must have sold really, really well ...yet now they are fairly hard to find. One clue about how many there were...how many reprints...is that I have my 18...but have probably only seen about 3 duplicates of those 18. - meaning of course, that there are so many printings, that almost all of my copies have been different printings. I hope you get this message. Regards Andrew
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Please can you give me a value for this book? Many thanks
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Hi Penny, sorry for the delay, I hope you get to this...although were you wanting to know my opinion about prices or something ? - certainly it is great that your aunt was a subscriber to both books. ...I never even thought of that. I wonder how many names appear as subscribers to both books. Berkelouw seem to have a good reputation, although I have never seen a Fairyland sell for $6000. Close, I don't think anything north of $5000 - even with it's extra-rare original cover. ...I did see the one Elves & Fairies sell for around $10000. ...it was in excellent condition, was signed and had a really good slip-case. ...that was about 15 years ago and might have been a bit of a one-off. ...$20000 is crazy-talk. ...sorry to say. Anyway, I can't say much about value without seeing the books ...although if you have had to get them repaired, I gather they aren't quite perfect condition...so that's a little negative...even with the repairs. ...what was your aunt's name ? Regards Andrew
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Hello Andrew, I have a copy of both Fairyland [#151, signed by IRO] and a copy of Elves and Fairies. My great-great-aunt [I think] was a ‘subscriber’ to both. There were only 421 of Elves and Fairies subscribed to – which makes the sale of it at $1300 rather odd, I’d have thought. I get both books regularly [every 5 years or so] restored [to repair any wear and tear] and valued at Berkelouw Books in Berrima, NSW. Last time, about 5 years ago, Fairyland was valued by Leo Berkelouw at $6000, and E&F at $4000. Neither have slip covers. He also advised that they have American clients willing to pay up to $20,000 [!!!] for Fairyland ‘if I wanted to sell’. When I said I wasn’t interested: they were a family heirloom – he was delighted that they are to stay in Australia.
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IRO Collector commented on The Red Witch - 1st printing
Hi Janie, I am glad you liked the photos. Sorry to say, but nothing on the website is for sale. ...a lot of it is not even mine. ...and what is mine, I still collect pretty seriously...so I can't part with it. ...I DO have a small handful of things spare...including two of these four books - with their jackets. I think that came about because I had price-clipped copies and wanted to upgraded to un-price clipped. ...but I don't think they are in the same condition as the ones in the photos. Would you be interested in two of them ? Or other Ida items ? ...let me know and perhaps send your email address, so we can communicate directly. I could send photos of the books...if you like. Regards Andrew
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Janie Bailey commented on The Red Witch - 1st printing
Thank you for sharing these photos. Is this set of books actually for sale? With thanks, Janie
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IRO Collector commented on Bears, Bush Creatures and Battlers
Kerry ???
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IRO Collector commented on Bears, Bush Creatures and Battlers
Dear Kerry - SORRY for late, late reply. ...school-holidays...IS that an acceptable excuse ??? As for your envelope... hmmmm wall-chart is berry important part. Envelope is good, notes okay...but clearly boring. ...picture cards great ...but I have nabbed several sets of 5, that have been separated from rest of items. ...would $30 including postage to Doncaster, VIC be worth it for you ? Regards Andrew [email protected]
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Hi yes I have the 5 picture cards, seven project sheets & teachers notes.im missing the wall chart. It is all in excellent condition
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Hi Benjamin Cole, #37 is very early. Easily the lowest number I have heard of. ...wouldn't that make it a subscriber copy ? ...someone who's name is in the back ? As for where to sell and for how much. Auction-houses take way too much. 20% from seller and 20% from buyer. Much the same for book-dealers or more...for their mark-up. Ebay probably best. But impossible to say without seeing the book. Certainly Fairyland should always be north of $1000 ...some fetch $3000-$5000 ...it depends on so many things. ...like the right buyer in the right mood. Let me know how you go. Regards Andrew
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Hi Peta Sleeman, good to know you have a copy of Fairyland in any condition. ...as for the markings. Sounds like foxing. I don't know a great deal about antique books in general...but I am pretty sure it's caused by substances IN the original paper. Iron especially. It happens to lots of books and because it is fairly universal and doesn't actually ruin a book...I try to just accept and then ignore it. As for stopping it. I don't know...beyond putting acid-free paper between every page...which isn't very practical. ...good luck...
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Hi B.I. ...did I never get back to you about Fairyland ??? ...silly me. Hope you get this message somehow. ...thanks for getting in touch. Very interesting story. Is there an inscription or letter from the Ramsay family ? ...and interesting to know you have #604 ...which makes my 600 deluxe theory look shakey ...except that maybe the Ramsay's got Ida to sign 600-610 for friends and family ...and THEN they stopped the numbered deluxe. ...and I don't know about the Queen...but I am sure it would have been deluxe. ...would be interesting to know if she actually READ it ...or if it just went straight to the library. I know that at one point, Ida got a small medal from the Queen ... like birthday honors. ...but sent by mail I gather and not especially prestigious. ...glad you like the website. Regards Andrew
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Hi Bronwyn...sorry for the delay. ...Thanks for contacting me...but I do have those 5. They are great little items...but not all that hard to find. Thanks again.
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IRO Collector commented on Bears, Bush Creatures and Battlers
Hi Kerri, thanks for getting in touch. What does your folder have in it ? Is it complete ? ........As for where to sell, I can only suggest eBay really. Maybe Gumtree...but I have little experience of Gumtree. As for value...they are certainly 'rare'. I have seen only 3 or 4 complete envelopes (in varying condition)...but I don't think they are especially sought-after by anyone. I think I only paid $20 or $30 for a couple. One was from a book-shop. ...I have seen the 5 A4 posters sold as a set, without the rest of the items. ...again, not for much. If yours is complete and in okay condition, I'd pay $50 for it. ...but maybe try eBay and see if you get lucky. Regards Andrew [email protected]
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I have one of these teachers resource folders, what’s it worth & we’re can u sell it plz. Thanks
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Hi,hope all is well? Thank you for the information .I have the 37th delux copy (no slip case) in very good condition,no damage,has been welll loved.We want to sell? What would be the minimum reserve if sold at a auction house? Possible maximum ? What are your thoughts on Ebay? Please advise,thank you.
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Hi Andrew my fairyland book has been loved by many and condition is quiet poor. But I notice the pages are getting a mottled stain on the pages. Is there any thing I can do to stop this happening.
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Hi Rena...do you have the 71a postcard envelopes ? regards Andrew
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Peta
Hi i have always been in love with my fairy land book, i now own and opperate a fairy shop and would like to introduce my customer to this wonderful book. Does any one know who the distributor is as I know a paper back version is available and would like to stock it in my shop. My mobile phone number is 0427743983 Thank you Peta
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I have 1985 Australians classic children's books first day cover featuring all 5 stamps ..interested?
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Hi Mrs. Sinclair, Thanks for contacting me. - so do you have two 71a envelopes, each with 6 unused postcards ? That's pretty cool. Are the envelopes identical ? Different printings often had slightly different envelopes (mainly in the lists on the reverse) - even for same series. Are you thinking about selling them or did you want some information ? regards Andrew [email protected] ...feel free to email me some photos if you want. I'd be curious.
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Hi, thanks for getting in touch. ...and sorry for the slight delay. Both illustrations you mentioned are in 'Fairyland' 1926. The Crystal Gazer is one of my very favorite Ida paintings. Regards Andrew
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I have series no 71a 2 packs
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In what book is the illustration The Crystal Gazer? And Tossing up the Rainbow Bubbles? Been searching for hours online, I cant find the answer. Thank you.
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Hi Andrew, Thank you so much for getting back to me. I understand what you have explained about the book, thank you. Recently I am restoring this book, the one I got here has lost the end sheets, and the book structure is not like normal book structure, the way the spine connected to the text block is quite different to the books I have restored. I am thinking is that possible that you can take picture of the similar edition you have got, I may get some ideas from you. Especially the end sheets section, and the spine part. I am willing to pay a fee for you to do this, if you can let me know how much you prefer before you take pictures. My email address: [email protected] Have a lovely day. Kindest Regards, Tina
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Hi Tina, thanks for getting in touch...but I don't think I'll have any great news for you. My guess of price would only be $30 - $50. However ...it is 'rare' ...in my 20 years I have only seen 3 or 4 green and maybe 2 brown Coles. ...sadly it doesn't seem to translate to value in this case. ...but you could try of course. Start it at $100 on eBay or something. I would have suggested you contact the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum...as they have a Melba collection ...but of all things, I gave them a spare green Coles a couple of years ago, along with one or two others. They had an exhibition about the gift book and borrowed my copies. Regards Andrew
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Hi, I have a Melba's Gift Book of Australian Art and Literature, E. W. Cole wrappered edition. Dark- green with gold lettering, may I ask how much it will worth in a reasonable condition in the market?
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Hi Andrew, Thank you for providing this forum to recognise IRO and her works. You may be interested to know that I have a copy of the deluxe version that is numbered 604 and is signed by Ida. This is the dark blue cover, not the light blue. The book was a gift to our family from the Ramsay family themselves. The cover itself is slightly faded but the pages are immaculate (there is no slip-case). I recently read an article published by the ABC News (Australia - OCT 2018) which suggested that Fairlyland was presented to Queens Elizabeth when she was an infant (then Princess) - I wonder if this was a numbered deluxe edition - would be fascinating to know.
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Hi Andrew, Thank you for providing this forum to recognise IRO and her works. You may be interested to know that I have a copy of the deluxe version that is numbered 604 and is signed by Ida. This is the dark blue cover, not the light blue. The book was a gift to our family from the Ramsay family themselves. The cover itself is slightly faded but the pages are immaculate (there is no slip-case). I recently read an article published by the ABC News (Australia - OCT 2018) which suggested that Fairlyland was presented to Queens Elizabeth when she was an infant (then Princess) - I wonder if this was a numbered deluxe edition - would be fascinating to know.
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IRO Collector
Hi Gee ...sounds interesting. Please email me some photos: [email protected] Andrew
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gee
Hi I have a pen and ink decorated wooden box and I believe it may be by Ida. There is a name to the bottom left S.Seton Chisholm 1930, I am thinking this is maybe the name of the recipient and Chisholm being in Australia. The illustration is wonderful and covers all sides and top there are rabbits and flora on the sides and the top has a fairy holding hands with a boy dressed as a rabbit and a girl piper leaning against a tree. The edge of the box has a red and gold painted boarder with small gold spots dotted along the deep red edge. I would like to send photographs to see what you think. Thanks Gee
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IRO Collector
Hi Sandy, Fairyland is my favorite Ida book...so that's a good start. Deluxe are certainly rare and desirable. You may have seen on my website that I am 99% sure there were probably only 600 published, not 1000 ...because they most likely didn't sell, perhaps due to a huge price for the time. ...so they are probably much rarer than most people think. ...almost twice as rare. Hard to say value, without seeing your copy...but very few are perfect. They normal seem to go for $1000 to $2000 when a little worn. Book dealers seem to either pay bottom-dollar to buy or take about 40% commission. I'd try it on ebay if I were you. Make sure you offer to post over-seas...maybe start at $1500. ...and no buy-it-now to start with. If it doesn't sell at $1500 either lower price or add 'make an offer' or 'buy it now' as time goes by. Good luck. ...but you know, I am not a price expert...might be ways to get much more money if you keep asking around. Regards Andrew
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Sandy Morrow
I have a signed copy of Fairyland, number 557, by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. It is the Edition-de-Luxe published August 23rd, 1926 by Ramsay Publishing Pty. Ltd, Melbourne. The cover has some marks on it but is intact. The internal condition is very good with tissue paper over some illustrations. Would you you have any idea as to the books worth and the best way to go about selling it? Sandy
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oh well, sorry it's so well read. ...would have been nice to score a few thousand dollars out of the blue. By the way, did you know Fairyland was reprinted again, only about 2 years ago ? Smaller size, but very nice still. I would love to know if it sold well. Small point...don't know if I mention on the website ...but either USA or UK or maybe both actually have LARGER reproductions of the illustrations. Larger than in the deluxe. So maybe you should keep your worn-out copy and perhaps enhance it, by colouring-in the black and white illustrations ???!!!
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Hi Andrew Thank you very much for your response. It is interesting to know some background. Unfortunately mine is in poor condition so would be at the lower end of the market. It was very much look at by many children and has suffered because of it but still glad they enjoyed it. Heather
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Hi Heather, Sorry for the delay. You must have what is essentially the 3rd edition...after Australia and USA. ...they are around. have you looked at 'ABEBooks' for examples and prices. Will depend greatly on condition. ...I have photos of all three editions on this website, including your 1931 UK type. Except my photos have the dust-wrapper ON. ...with a fairy on a butterfly. As for price...have to be no less than $100-$200 ...but probably not much more than $1000 ...all depends on the condition. Regards Andrew
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I Have a copy of Fairyland similar to the one shown at the beginning of this web page except that it has a motiff of an elf and rabbit holding hands and dancing. I cannot find any edition numbers but published in GB in 1931. Can you tell me what this book might be worth. If is in fair condition.
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IRO Collector
Hi John and Sue, thanks for getting in touch. ...and sorry for the delay, I had to go in to the vault and do a little research. ...I understand exactly what you are saying. First of all, my understanding is that there was the deluxe 1st edition, then the 1st trade edition and you have the 1925 2nd edition. So it states the year it was re-printed - 1925...but goes back and mentions that it was first published in 1920. As for your inscription...my guess would be that it was made by a dealer of flippant owner...(who'd lost their pencil)...and who saw "1920" mentioned and went with it, when they made their note. The date must be just a record of the printing year ...and not a reference to the year the inscription was done in. ...if it were a Dr. Who book, things might be quite different. HOWEVER ...I finally hit information pay-dirt from this web-site. You have opened my eyes to a nice little error somewhere, with the books. ...you see the deluxe and the first trade edition BOTH have 1921 as the year they were published - NOT 1920. So, that is interesting. In had never noticed before. - You might be curious, I have a further edition of 'The Enchanted Forest'...eleven years later: 1936. Yet...with 11 years to notice the date error, the publishing details read: "First published, September, 1920 Reprinted in 1925 and 1936. Hope that helps. ...if you don't like the inscription...can I suggest lots of liquid-paper and a hair-dryer ??? Regards
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John&sue
Hi, I have a copy of The Enchanted Forest and I am very confused as to its Published date. On the Title page it has A& C Clack 1925 - making it a 3rd print. On the rear of the title page it has first published 1920 ? But strangest of all on the front end paper it has written in pen a name and the date 1920 ? Impossible to be dated 1920 IF THE book was not published until 1925 - any thoughts as to if this is an error or do I own a 1st 2nd or 3rd print ??
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Jean commented on The Naughty Baby Monkey
Thankyou for your reply. Yes, you are right I saw it on the wanted list.Thankyou for the information, it's fabulous to get such a wonderful detailed response. All the best.
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IRO Collector commented on The Naughty Baby Monkey
Hi Mrs. Kelly, thanks for getting in touch. Are you interested in knowing value or rarity ? ...or just sharing that you own a little treasure ? ...In my experience, 'The Naughty Baby Monkey' is the hardest to find, of all six Willie Winkie Zoo books. I have only seen three copies on the market in the past 20 years. If yours is in nice enough condition, like the one photographed on the website, then it could be worth $400 - $500 if you find the right person to sell to. You probably read that on my 'wanted' list, there is smaller, shorter version of Baby Monkey listed ...it was given the number '305' ...but was said to have been "withdrawn" ...because the content was NQR. ...it's a big curiosity to me...because the snippets of history I have read about it, make it appear that it most likely WAS published in reader form...then recalled or something. So MAYBE there are a couple of reader copies still out there somewhere...saved from being pulped or something. It's a bit of a holy-grail for me. ...but great that the 'deluxe' survives and you certainly have a very special book. ...who is the dedication from in your copy ? ...I have never seen or heard of a copy of any of the 6 deluxe books, or 3 readers being signed by Ida or A.R. Osborn. ...but that would be something else if there is such a copy. ...have I answered your questions ? Regards Andrew
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Jean Kelly commented on The Naughty Baby Monkey
I have a copy of The Naughty Baby Monkey. It is exactly as pictured. It has a dedication written inside and the year 1923 in ink on front page. Jean
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Hi Glenda, ...do you have the light-blue copy ? ...without a signature ? As I mention, they must be rarer than the proper signed deluxe ones...but aren't as desirable, because of the cheaper binding. ...as for where to sell...Auction houses take 20% from you and 20% from the buyer ...and an antiquarian book-seller would probably want about the same. ...but eBay doesn't charge too much and you are in control. If I was you, I'd list it on eBay ...make it a world-wide auction and start it at the minimum price you would accept... ...sorry I don't have any super idea's about how to sell. Regards Andrew
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I have an original book no 812 of 1000. Fairyland and I’m interested in selling , could you let me know the best way to go about it. Kind Regards, Glenda
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Hi Mrs Kennington, thanks for getting in touch. ...are you saying you have the 'Variety Club' envelope ? ...or one of the normal ones ? Either way, I'd love to see a photo of all you have... [email protected] regards Andrew
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Brigette Kennington commented on Australiana Classic Children's Books - Stamp Series
replying to your "Can you help?" question I have the stamps on envelopes with a post mark on them - I can send a photo
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MichelleM
Hello I have a Mollies Bunyip I would like to sell. Please contact me when you can. Thanks Michelle 0415308702
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IRO Collector
Hi Erin, Sorry for the delay, I was off with the fairies. So you have the English 1931 edition of Fairyland - WITH ...you mean, the dust-wrapper ?? That is great...the wrapper is very rare, in any condition. ....as for 'contact' - NO !!! ...there is special material made, for jackets - perfect or damaged ones. It's like a wallet sort of. Paper on the back and clear on the front. You lay the jacket on the paper, then fold to correct size, then peel off a sticky area...like on envelopes and stick the paper and clear together. Then use scissors to trim edge of protection. So jacket is encased, but nothing has been attached to it. I use it all the time and plan to have it on every jacket I own...eventually. I bought mine from an antiquarian book-dealer several meters. ...you could try that. - a whole roll can be hundreds of dollars I think. Or if you are in Victoria, maybe we could have a try together and I'd get to see the book. ...if there are tears, don't use sticky tape. There is acid-free tape available...that is supposed to be almost invisible. I have some of that too. Or a place called 'Archival Survival' are first class...but again...you'd probably have to buy a whole roll ! The spotting or foxing is irreversible I think. Got to keep the book in a dry place. Hope that's of some help. Regards Andrew
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Hi there, I have a copy of Fairyland printed in 1931. The slipcover is damaged, I was just trying to work out whether I should cover it with a layer of contact. The pages are quite spotty with age, but most of the colour pictures look perfect. I’m unsure of what to do to preserve the book. I don’t want to destroy any part of it, but would love to stop it degrading further. Have you any tips?
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Hi Nicole...you say you have 'Elves & Fairies...but happened to contact me on the 'Fairyland' page ? 'Elves & Fairies' weren't ever numbered (although 1500 are said to have been published) and only a few ...maybe one in 15 or 20 were signed. ...if you have Fairyland...then they were meant to be signed and especially numbered. the light-blue were mostly numbered 600 - 1000 ...but never signed. ...and the dark blue were mostly signed and numbered 1 - 600 ...although there are lots of little exceptions. ...but if it's Elves & Fairies you have...that's how it's meant to be, more or less. ...as for value...sorry to say, last one I saw sold was just over a week ago at Mossgreen in Melbourne and 'only' sold for $1300 (plus 20% commission)
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Hi there, I have a copy of Elves and Fairies which is unsigned and not numbered. It looks like the Deluxe Edition above. It has the tissue paper on prints but has some damage at the top of the book. It was my Great Aunts. I'm wondering how much it may be worth. Regards, Nicole
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IRO Collector
*****MELBA'S GIFT-BOOK EXHIBITION 2017***** look here for details: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Charity
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Hi Mrs. Bilby, thanks for getting in touch. - but honestly, these music books are very hard to value. Lots of variables. ...I see people trying to to get over $500 for them...and yet I have bought plenty on eBay for under $100. ...Is yours a 1st edition ? ...same as the photo on the page you sent me the question from ? That's got to be good. ...but if it's torn or coloured in or has a new thread binding...it won't probably fetch top dollar. ...$200 would be a starting price for a decent enough copy...I'd guess. ...feel free to send photos [email protected] ...back cover as will if you can. ...and title page. Regards Andrew
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I have a copy of this music book handed down from my Nanna. What would it be worth today; can anyone tell me ? Thanks.
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IRO Collector
...both together starting at $400, the pair. ...might just be attractive to a new collector to instantly get 1/3 of the set ! Just a foot-note: not sure if you saw on this website that there were also the 3 titles (including your two), that went on to become children's school readers. - and they were reproduced (and the design and some details altered), for many years and LOTS of printings. Here's what I sort of think is interesting. I've been looking hard for all the different ones for nearly 20 years and have found just over 20 combined of the three titles, BUT, almost every 'new' one that turns up on the market, IS one I haven't seen before. So I've seen and bought about 20 ...and rejected only around 5, which were duplicates. MEANING...that there were lots and lots of re-prints...and it's likely to be 30-40 in total. - There is a great book that lists many of the variants...and I don't have everything on the list, just for starters. Anyway, don't get me started.....
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IRO Collector commented on The Guinea Pig that Wanted a Tail - readers
Hi Kerrie, Thanks getting in touch. hmmmmm ...I hate to say, but for some reason, those TWO books turn up more than the others. Baby Lions and Peters Peach are next and then the other two harder again. If they are in nice condition...you could hopefully get $200+ each...maybe not more than $300. Inscriptions shouldn't matter. That's about all I know. But ask anything else you want. ...maybe both starting at $400 on eBay for a week...see if anyone bites
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Kerrie Jefferson commented on The Guinea Pig that Wanted a Tail - readers
Hi, I have 2 x copies with the colour photo on the front: The Willie Winkie Zoo Books Fuzzy, Wuzzy and Buzzy The guinea Pig That Wanted a Tail. They also have inscriptions inside dated 25-9-1922 Is it possible for you to give me any idea on their value. Thankyou Kerrie
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IRO Collector commented on Mollie's Bunyip
Hi Pam, - yes, Annie hand-wrote the text for both books. Beautiful writing for a young girl. Annie was just as much of a genius as Ida was in my opinion. Her stories and especially her rhymes are simply wonderful. I don't have a copy of 'Mollie's Bunyip' for sale, (although I have a number of other good Ida items I am ready to sell.) ...however, you can get a copy of 'Mollie's Bunyip' from Douglas Stewart Fine Books in Armadale, Victoria. Or check https://www.vialibri.net/ and perhaps easier, ABEbooks...there are copies for sale there. 'Mollie' was a real person - a friend of the girls and the family. Happy shopping. Andrew
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Pam N commented on Mollie's Bunyip
The handwriting in "Mollie's Bunyip" matches that for "Hapax Legomena", also written by Annie Rentoul. And I would be happy to find a copy of "Mollie's Bunyip" for sale.
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Lucy
Hi Andrew, I'd love to know where you came across the copy of Melba's Gift Book with the embroidered cover? I'm doing some research on it for a forthcoming exhibition and have never seen this before. Any info on this or anything else you've come across relating to the gift book appreciated! I know Ida and Melba had a personal connection, I believe she painted the nursery at Coombe Cottage. I can also be contacted via email if that's easier lbraceyATwaybackwhen.com.au (AT is @ changed to avoid spambots) Cheers, Lucy
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IRO Collector
Hi John, ...you must have the light-blue Fairyland, without the tissue-papers ? I have written about it on the site...but it seems that the deluxe Fairyland must not have sold very well, so they stopped with the signed ones, with tissue-papers etc and the really deluxe binding...and bound up the remaining pages and sold the books off relatively cheaply. - so the books include the signed and numbered page...but it no longer applied. - although someone seemed to number most of them, although not Ida from what I can tell. They are from about number 600 to 1000. - it's quite interesting to know that a special book like the signed one must appear to most people to have been published as 1000 copies...but in fact the number is almost half that, at 600. ...and then, your one, I assume your one, ends up actually being RARER than the signed one. - with 400 or less made. - and sorry, I don't know anything about Ramsay publishing...except that they produced a beautiful book in Fairyland. - It's my favorite Ida book. Regards Andrew
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Hi Andrew Hi Andrew I have a deluxe copy of 'Fairyland' 908/1000. Not interested in selling, but thought you might like know. It says signed copy, but there is no signature. Can you tell me anything about Ramsay publishing. Was this the same family that ran Kiwi? Regards, John.
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IRO Collector commented on Mollie's Bunyip
Hi Tony, thanks for getting in touch. Very nice to have 'Mollie's Bunyip' in good condition, regardless of the dedication. Regarding the hand-writing, the book was definitely hand-written by Ida's sister, Annie Rentoul. However, there was a real 'Mollie', who was a friend of the family - so there must be a fairly good chance that the real Mollie could have dedicated a copy to her cousin (Beth). As for the hand-writing being similar...it seems students were all well-drilled in learning the same, neat, writing style. Anyway, I'd love to see some photos. [email protected] Regards Andrew
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tony commented on Mollie's Bunyip
i just came across a copy of Mollies Bunyip,in what i would describe as extremely good condition,on the leading page, it has---to cousin beth from Mollie,the hand writing appears , to be in the same style as the general text, i realize the book could have been given as a gift, do you have any other thoughts
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Hi Kim, well done on owning a Fairyland ! ...you should keep it ! ...but as for a price. It depends very much on the condition. In poor condition maybe $1000 - $1500, if it's like new, maybe $4000 +. ...does it happen to have the slip-case ? ...feel free to send me photos, if you want my non-professional opinion. ...Andrew [email protected]
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R. S. L. Long
To be applauded .... saving for posterity a true genius and artiste.
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Hi, thanks very much for the information.
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There are Twenty Four in the first series

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Ida Rentoul Outhwaite.
Ida was Australia's most talented children's illustrator and is still the reigning Queen of Fairyland. Her output includes some of the most delightful, sought-after and valuable books, postcards and ephemera in the collecting world.
This is a chronological list of all known items connected to Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - The intention is to publish the most comprehensive list possible and then with information from other collectors, improve the list - for the entertainment and reference of all collectors. Please get in touch with any information you might have.
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Everything by fairy artist Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Listed from earliest to most recent.
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