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2010/80/1 Book, 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures', paper, written by Ellis Rowan, illustrations by Ellis Rowan and Jack Sommers, published by Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1908. Click to enlarge.

Book 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures' by Ellis Rowan

Written
'Bill Baillie His Life and Adventures', published in 1908, was one of the earliest books to accurately depict the distinctive beauty of the West Australian bush. The children's book is about the adventures of Ellis Rowan's own beloved pet Bilboa (also known as the Bilby, the Dalgyte or the Rabbit-Eared Bandicoot (Macrotis lagotis)). Named Bill Baillie by Ellis Rowan, he was given to the artist in 1906 by a local handyman after he was rescued from his mother's pouch, during her third visit to …

Summary

Object No.

2010/80/1

Object Statement

Book, 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures', paper, written by Ellis Rowan, illustrations by Ellis Rowan and Jack Sommers, published by Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1908

Physical Description

Book, 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures', paper, written by Ellis Rowan, illustrations by Ellis Rowan and Jack Sommers, published by Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1908

Book by Ellis Rowan titled 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures'. The book is bound in a grey hardcover and comprises 159 pages. The book contains 16 chapters with eight colour illustrations and numerous black and white drawings. The cover features the title 'Bill Baillie', the author's name and a silhouette of a Bilby (or Macrotis lagotis) in an Australian desert setting, sitting on its hind quarters with its body in profile and its head facing straight on, before a yellow moon.

Marks

Handwritten on lower spine in white ink, 'A' and beneath this, stamped in gold,'823.91A / ROW'.
Stamped in black ink on bottom right corner of several pages throughout the book, 'UNIV.SYD. / BIBLIOTHECA'.
Handwritten in pencil on upper centre of inside front cover '823.91A / ROW'.
Handwritten in pencil on upper right corner of title page '6/- / $150'.

Dimensions

Height

183 mm

Width

255 mm

Depth

21 mm

Production

Notes

Eight colour illustrations by Rowan and numerous black and white drawings by Jack Sommers.

Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)

Ref:
Marian Ellis Rowan biography:
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/rowan-marian-ellis-8282

History

Notes

'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures' was first published in 1908. It was subsequently reprinted in 1948 as 'Bill Baillie: The Story of a Pet Bilboa'.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Jennifer Sanders, 2010

Acquisition Date

29 November 2010

Cite this Object

Harvard

Book 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures' by Ellis Rowan 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 29 November 2022, <https://ma.as/410306>

Wikipedia

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