BELLOC, Hilaire (author). N. BENTLEY (illustrator). New Cautionary Tales. London; Duckworth. 1930.
Small 4to. Original white cloth-backed pictorial boards; pp. [vi], 7-79; illustrated throughout in black and white; generally a very good crisp copy with a spray of pale pink marks to inner edge of upper board, internally very fresh, without inscription, and with the impressive full-size armorial bookplate of James R. Darling to front pastedown, without repeat dustwrapper.
First edition, including the verses "Maria, Who made Faces and a Deplorable Marriage" and "About John, Who lost a Fortune by Throwing Stones".
Sir James R. Darling (1899-1995) featured on a 1988 list of the 200 greatest Australians; one of only 22 who were still alive at the time. He is known as a great educator having been appointed Headmaster of Geelong Grammar School in 1930; being founder of the Australian College of Educators; and the creator of Timbertops, the famous Outward Bound project which attracted Charles, Prince of Wales, to its camp. Later in life Darling became Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.