- A Golden Age: A Treasury of Australian Children's Fantasy Classics - two volumes "Visions of Fantasy - Australia's Fantasy illustrators; Their Lives and Works"; & "Through the Magic Door - A Collection of Australia's Classic Fantasy Writing"
Angus & Robertson/harperCollins Publishers (Aus6t.) Pty. Ltd., Pymble NSW, 1992.
Two volumes: quarto; hardcover, with decorative endpapers and burgundy ribbons; 647pp. [192pp. + 455pp.], with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Mild wear; corners bumped and spine extremities lightly softened. Dustwrappers mildly rubbed and scuffed. Very good in a lightly worn, illustrated slipcase. A Golden Age is a treasury of Australian children's fantasy classics. In two lavish and beautifully presented companion volumes, it celebrates an unrivalled era in Australian fantasy writing and illustration. In 'Visions of Fantasy' author Robert Holden brings together such diverse illustrators as Outhwaite, Souter, May Gibbs, Norman Lindsay and Harold Gaze. Accompanied by delicately crafted illustrations, many of which have been taken from previously unpublished original works, Holden introduces the lives and works of some of the best and lesser-known Australian fantasy illustrators. 'Through the Magic Door' is an anthology of Australian classics selected and introduced by the author. Here, the text is highlighted for its originality and energy in first establishing a golden era in Australian fantasy writing for children. A very significant publication by one of Australia's leading librarians.
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