Shhhhh… The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust is holding a SILENT AUCTION

The Trust's SA Support Committee has five beautiful literary treasures
for auction.
E mail for information about how
to bid or Download the attached details (Silent Auction).
Final bids will be taken at the Trust’s Spring Luncheon on
Thursday September 12 at The Feathers Hotel, Burnside, where the recipients will be announced.

 Five beautiful literary treasures:


  • A two-volume (almost new) boxed set - May Gibbs Mother of the Gumnuts. Her Life and Work and May Gibbs Gumnut Classics. The Famous Gumnut Adventures (1985, Angus & Robertson Publishers, North Ryde) by Maureen Walsh


May Gibbs is recognised as Australia’s first author and illustrator of Australian children’s books, with her Australian bushland characters, including Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. In the first volume, Margaret Walsh details May’s whole life – from her birth into the comfortable British middle class, to her life in Australia. The second volume includes all eight story books, beautifully presented and illustrated with a full colour plate to begin each story.

Estimated Value: $80 for the set

Starting bid: $50 for the set


  • Three of Andrew Lang’s Rainbow Fairy Books from the Folio Society, offered individually, beautifully illustrated, bound and presented in slip covers


Gathering together classic stories from around the world – from tales of wonder in the Arabian Nights to ogres and sprites from Norse mythology – Andrew Lang’s Rainbow Fairy books are an unparalleled collection of the world’s great fairy stories in beautiful hardback editions with classic illustrations.


The Pink Fairy Book

In these tales third-born sons seek their fortunes, lovely princesses are blown away by gusts of wind, cunning tricksters steal treasures from dragons, wicked wizards chase after their apprentices, and wise animals help their friends.


The Crimson Fairy Book

Princesses, serpents, ogres and talking animals spring from the page in this beautifully illustrated collection of fairy tales.


The Lilac Fairy Book

From Swahili myths to Welsh legends, the Lilac Fairy Book brings together beautiful and intriguing tales for all over the world, with beguiling illustrations by Caitlin Hackett.


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Retail Value: $100 each

Starting bids: $75.00 each


  • A framed print of the cover artwork of ‘Kuan Yu,’ Era Publications 1995, (34 cm wide X 45 cm high in a gold frame) written by Kath Lock and illustrated by the late Steven Woolman; Includes a copy of the book




Steven Woolman (1969-2004) studied Design and Illustration at the University of

South Australia, graduating with a Bachelor degree in 1990. He illustrated and

designed books for children’s picture book authors Kath Lock, Jo Croser, Elizabeth

Best, Gary Crew, Dyan Blacklock, Christopher Cheng, Isobelle Carmody and Mark

Svendsen. He produced covers for Ken Katran and Kate Forsythe and wrote and

illustrated his own book, Budgie.


Steven had a formidable talent and received numerous awards for his work during

his short lifetime. His books are critically acclaimed in Australia and overseas. His

awards include the CBCA 1995 Picture Book of the Year for The Watertower, and

the International Board on Books Ena Noel Award for his body of work.


Steven supported the work of the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust during its

early days and to acknowledge 10 years since his passing, his estate has

generously donated this original illustration.


Estimated Value: $400

Starting bid: $200

Bids will only be received by e mail or at official Trust events


Contact Sally Chance, Program Coordinator, at for information about how to bid. The highest bidder for each item will receive that item.

Final bids will be taken at the Trust’s Spring Luncheon on Thursday September 12 2013 at The Feathers Hotel, Burnside, where the recipients will be announced.


All items are for ‘pick-up’ only. We regret that no items are able to be posted or couriered.