The Rabbits [1st Ed]


By John Marsden; Shaun Tan [Illustrator]

Uncommon First Edition of a great book for children and art-lovers alike

In stock


  • Hard-to-find First Printing [Thomas C. Lothian, Melbourne, 1998]
  • No dustjacket [as issued]; extremities bumped with chip lost from rear top of spine, some light scraches/indents on surface; a very good copy
  • The Rabbits won the CBCA Picture Book Of The Year Award, a decision that ruffled a few feathers due to the thinly-veiled satire of Australian history it portrays. This copy has the post-production bookseller’s sticker announcing its shortlisting stuck to the front [removable]*.
  • ISBN: 0 85091 878 2 / 0850918782

At a talk given by Shaun Tan, he related a story about a bookseller in country Victoria who outsold most bookstores around the country by removing this sticker and placing the book prominently in the Art section. Certainly an appropriate categorisation!