Octavo; gilt-decorated cloth slightly bumped at the extremities; edges slightly marked; endpapers slightly offset; a very good copy with the rubbed dustwrapper a little creased and torn with slight loss and repaired with tape and a thin plastic cover... Read complete entry
With two related newspaper clippings loosely inserted.
London, Printed for private circulation by The Arden Press, [circa 1931].
Quarto, 165 pages plus 4 large folding colour maps in an endpocket ('the excellent 1/100000 maps [which we knew so well during the war], with parts of the Allied Lines superimposed').
Cloth with paper title-labels; covers and labels a little sunned and marked, with the corners slightly worn and bumped; top edge a little stained; front endpapers foxed and offset; minor signs of use; a decent copy.
Dee Why, The Author for The 13 Squadron Story Book Fund, 1991.
Small quarto, [v], 158, 23 pages with numerous illustrations and several maps.
Laminated colour pictorial card covers lightly rubbed and slightly creased; an excellent copy.
'An illustrated amalgam of the official and unofficial history of No. 13 Squadron R.A.A.F. during its wartime existence from 1940 to 1946. A brief history of No. 13 (City of Darwin) Active Reserve Squadron, newly re-formed in Darwin in 1989. 13 Squadron 50th Anniversary Publication'.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1923 [first edition].
Octavo, xvi, 844 pages with 28 small in-text maps and 12 full-page maps plus 37 colour maps (11 of them double-page) and 83 plates.
Cloth slightly rubbed at the extremities and lightly sunned on the spine; top edge a little foxed; endpapers offset; an excellent copy.
This volume was presented to the Naval, Military and Air Force Club of South Australia in November 1965 by Lieutenant-Colonel S.H. Watson CBE DSO MC. It contains the Club's Fowler-Brownsworth Library plate inscribed with these details on the front pastedown, and the Club's stamp on the flyleaf (and although the latter states 'Not to be removed from Club Premises', this volume was deaccessioned when a complete set was later donated to the library). Stanley Holm Watson (1887-1985), railway engineer and soldier, 'reached Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. With lines established, Watson and several 2nd Australian Field Company sappers constructed the first pier at Anzac Cove: using a defused Turkish shell as a pile-driver, they completed the jetty on 18 June; it was named 'Watson's Pier'.... On 11 December Brigadier General (Sir) Brudenell White gave him responsibility for the lines covering the Anzac withdrawal on the nights of 18 and 19 December. On the 20th Watson sent the final signal ...; he then left by the last lighter' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Dornbusch 209 (the complete set) and 391 (Volume 7); Fielding and O'Neill, page 208 (the complete set); Trigellis-Smith 725-36 (the complete set). Dornbusch often provides useful information about dates of reprints and revised editions.
Printed in the Field [Flêtre, Fauquembergues, and Marchienne-au-Pont], AIF Printing Section, February 1918 to April 1919.
Quarto (various sizes), twelve issues, each 16 pages (except for Number 9, the Christmas issue of 1918 [24 pages] and Number 13 [20 pages]) with numerous illustrations plus additional cartoons and text on the inside surfaces of the wrappers, and spoof advertisements on the outside rear covers.
Pictorial wrappers; all edges uncut; a broad strip is torn from the foot of the front wrapper of Number 13, with minimal loss of printed matter (mainly pictorial); occasional creases, marginal chips and a few signs of use and age, but essentially an... Read complete entry
The first thirteen issues of the magazine were 'Printed in the Field' in France and Belgium; only Number 1, January 1918, is lacking from this set. Dornbusch 256; Fielding and O'Neill, page 263. + 'Aussie. A Reprint of All the Numbers of the Diggers' Own Paper of the Battlefield, wholly Written, Illustrated and Printed in the Field by Members of the AIF'. Sydney, Australian War Museum, 1920. Quarto, viii (last blank) pages plus facsimile editions of all thirteen issues. Quarter cloth and papered boards; an excellent copy with the two-colour pictorial dustwrapper. Inscribed 'C/- J.M. Mathers 17/4/20' (we cannot trace the name in the Service Records held by the National Archives of Australia). The reprint was produced by the original editor, Phillip Harris, and his three-page introduction, 'The Story of 'Aussie'', contains a great deal of important information regarding the original editions. Not least, the relative (and genuine) scarcity of the first number is explained: its print run was 10,000, compared with 60,000 and 100,000 respectively for the next two issues. Reading between the lines, 30-35,000 would appear to be the norm. Dornbusch 257; Fielding and O'Neill, page 263. [13 items].
Dunedin, printed, lithographed and decorated by J. Wilkie and Co. for 'The Executive of the Dunedin Peace Celebrations', 1919.
192 x 260 mm, 48 pages with numerous decorations and illustrations (some from photographs).
Overlapping card covers with a large colour pictorial title-label; front cover lightly marked; essentially a fine copy.
The first page is a printed presentation page for the Otago Boys' High School, with the recipient's name in ink and the rubber-stamp signature of the Rector of the school. The foreword, by R. Hawcridge (who wrote most of the text, and who seems to be responsible for the extensive decorations and illustrations), commences thus: 'In this concise history of the Great War no attempt has been made to write down to the level of a young child'. It is likely that the booklet was produced exclusively for the children of the various schools in the district. Although seven pages are specific to 'New Zealand's War Effort' and 'Otago's Effort', and the rest is more general, Australia features in the early section on Gallipoli. The Australian War Memorial would appear to be the only Australian institution holding copies of this item.
London, Hurst and Blackett, 1939 (fifth impression)/ March 1939 (first Nazi-approved English translation).
Octavo, 567 pages plus a frontispiece.
Gilt-decorated blue cloth a little lightly flecked and sunned; extremities slightly rubbed; rear cover slightly scratched and marked; edges a little foxed and lightly browned; endpapers lightly foxed; leaves lightly yellowed at the edges; a very good... Read complete entry
The fifth impression, published in the same year as the first English language unexpurgated edition. Translated by James Murphy.
London, Cambridge University Press for the Royal Historical Society, 2011.
Octavo; papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Camden Fifth Series, Volume 39. 'The role of Sir John Hotham in denying Charles I entrance to Hull in April 1642 is widely recognized as an important moment in the outbreak of civil war.Yet the Hotham family's subsequent prominence in empowering and then sabotaging parliament's war effort has yet to attract similar interest...'.
Contemporary gilt-decorated full morocco, all edges gilt (and lightly scored in a few places); scattered light foxing (moderate in some sections); an excellent copy in what is probably the publisher's presentation binding.
The contingent, 'an infantry battalion of 522 men and 24 officers and an artillery battery of 212 men' (Australian War Memorial website) arrived in the Sudan on 29 March 1885; it saw little action before it departed on 17 May after the British Government decided to abandoned the campaign. Pages 250-266 contain a complete list of the names of the members of the contingent. Ferguson 10714; Dornbusch 13; Fielding and O'Neill, page 97; Trigellis-Smith 139.
Foolscap folio, 38, 27 (the last one a large folding chart), 21,  (blank) pages.
Stapled as issued; first and last leaves a little marked, with a few small marginal chips stabilised; mild signs of use; a very good copy with a cancelled Australian War Memorial Library stamp on the first page and two small library labels at the rear... Read complete entry
A Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper (F4060; the appendices have their own reference numbers). Major-General Sir Edward Hutton (1848-1923) was commandant of the New South Wales Military Forces from 1893 to 1896. He returned to England a convinced Imperialist, and quickly began to propagate his ideas on Australian defence. In a widely-reported address, the concept of the Australian soon to be popularized by C.E.W. Bean was already discernible: 'The Australian is a born horseman. With his long, lean muscular thighs he is more at home on a horse than on his feet, and is never seen to a greater advantage than when mounted and riding across bush or a difficult country. Fine horsemen, hardy, self-reliant, and excellent marksmen, they are the beau ideal of Mounted Riflemen. Accustomed to shift for themselves in the Australian bush, and under the most trying conditions of heat and cold, they would thrive where soldiers unaccustomed to bush life would die.... In 1901 the first Australian government appointed Hutton to command and organize its land forces' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This is his important first report, outlining his plans for the Commonwealth forces. The AWM has perhaps erred in deleting this copy from its stock: the letters 'GOC' (General Officer Commanding) in red pencil on the cover indicate that it was none other than Major-General Sir Edward Thomas Henry Hutton's personal copy! The lengthy appendix 'Scheme of Organization of the Military New South Wales Field Force ... and into Garrison Troops' has numerous pencil annotations (some relating to the presence of drill halls and rifle ranges in different areas). Loosely inserted is a mimeographed sheet (foolscap folio, folded twice), headed 'No. 24 Light Horse School. Sydney February 18th to 29th, 1904. Synopsis of Work' - how rare is that? Not in Dornbusch; Fielding and O'Neill, page 167.
Quarto; laminated colour pictorial card covers; an excllent copy.
Inscribed and signed by the author. Loosely inserted is an ALS from the author to the recipient, explaining that Taylor 'wrote five small diaries on the run, and transcribed them into three longer ones when time permitted. This book is a transcription of those main diaries, along with the more interesting snippets from the 'pocket diaries'. Taylor served in 108 Howitzer, AIF.
Adelaide, Sands and McDougall, fourth edition [circa 1919].
Oblong octavo, [ii], 34 pages with illustrations plus text printed inside both covers (with a small 1919 calendar mounted inside the front one, and a postage rate slip inside the rear).
Cord-bound flush-cut colour pictorial card covers; light tidemark to (only the blank portion of) the bottom margin throughout; an excellent copy.
Inscribed and signed to E.J. Bowen by the author ('Mrs Wordsworth James, Febry 27th 1919'). A genuine oddity - a personal anthology in praise of the humble coo-ee, the 'Call of my Country' - featuring verse, art, crafts, limericks and yarns. Military and Aboriginal themes are well-represented; not least is the one-page account of several visits the author paid to Mr Gillen (of Spencer and Gillen fame), then near the end of his life, 'all helpless and paralysed as he was'.
Octavo; cloth lightly marked; spine a little sunned; a very good copy.
Presentation copy inscribed, dated (27 August 1997) and signed by the author to 'Sam Jacobs', Justice Samuel Jacobs, QC. Loosely inserted is the (creased and slightly torn) front flap of the dustwrapper: '...an historical narrative of three generations of the Zosa family of Tacloban, provincial capital of Leyte Island, where the Americans made their first landing on October 20th, 1944, in the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation'.
Octavo, two volumes, viii, 324 pages plus 8 plates and viii, 325-658 pages plus 8 plates.
Original brown cloth slightly bumped and rubbed at the extremities; spines sunned; a very good set.
With gift inscriptions to Grattan Wheaton [OAM], and his subsequent bookplates on the front pastedown. The primary information from the front and rear dustwrapper fold-downs, neatly clipped, are laid down on early blanks in each volume.
Cloth flecked on the bottom edge; edges a little foxed; endpapers offset; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper a little sunned, chipped and torn with slight loss (chiefly to the head of the spine).
Dated (1 August 1931), inscribed and signed by the author to Fred Johns, the editor of the first Australian Who's Who. Not least, life in New Guinea after ANMEF (the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force) had removed the Germans in 1914, and some of the problems facing Australian colonisation in NG (Australia received a mandate from the League of Nations to govern PNG in 1921).
Octavo, xx, 440 pages with 2 illustrations and 7 maps plus numerous plates and 5 folding maps.
Gilt-pictorial leatherette (leather-grained cloth) bumped on one corner and lightly rubbed at the extremities; leading and bottom edges a little marked; a very good copy.
A subscriber's copy, being number 529 of an unspecified quantity with the personalised presentation plate on the front pastedown signed by Major General Sir Julian Gascoigne KCVO CB DSO (1903-1990), then Colonel Commandant of the HAC.
Large quarto, four volumes, 224 pages with over 240 plates; -608 pages with over 470 plates; -924,  (blank) pages with over 380 plates; and -1033 pages with over 100 plates (with many of the plates - all from photographs - in colour).
Laminated colour pictorial papered boards with the dustwrappers; the first volume has bumped bottom corners and a bruised closed tear to the rear panel of the dustwrapper; the second volume shows slights signs of use; the other two volumes are in fine... Read complete entry
Octavo, xx, 515,  (colophon) pages with 13 maps plus 6 plates, 4 folding maps and an errata slip tipped in on page v. (A separately-issued map case containing 3 large maps - copies of the Official War Office maps as used in France - and 2 itinerary plans, is not present).
Cloth with the Regimental crest in silver on the front; covers a little rubbed and bumped; endpapers and one early opening offset (the latter from an acidic newspaper cutting no longer present); an excellent copy, albeit with the poor-quality paper... Read complete entry
Inscribed on the flyleaf 'A.F. Blunden, Late No 3 Company, LRB, 1909-1915, 47 Addison Road, Wanstead'; he is probably the man seen gardening in an allotment in the two small snapshot negatives loosely inserted. Also present is a printed notice from the LRB stating that 'This book has been printed by private subscription, with the assistance of Messrs. Constable' and that further copies are one guinea each. + DURAND, Major A.T.M. and Major R.H.W.S. HASTINGS: The London Rifle Brigade, 1919-1950 (Aldershot, Gale and Polden, 1952; octavo, xii, 320 pages with 6 maps plus 16 pages of plates and 3 folding maps; cloth with the Regimental crest in silver on the front; top corners bumped, with some impact on the text block; a very good copy). [2 items].
Quarto, x (ten leaves printed rectos only), 351,  pages with maps and numerous illustrations (from photographs).
Laminated pictorial card covers slightly creased, with two short scrapes to the spine; corners (unnecessarily) strengthened with clear tape; an excellent copy (the card covers may have been reinforced on the inside by a former owner).
Loosely inserted are two flyers from Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum.
Octavo, (xii), 200 pages plus 39 plates (including maps).
Papered boards; extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; top edge slightly marked; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned and rubbed.
Loosely inserted is a slip inscribed and signed by the author to Sir Roderick Chamberlain. Predominately the author's experiences at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli and in Palestine (including Beersheba) during the First World War - not least, references to T.E. Lawrence.
Octavo; papered boards; head and foot of the spine very slightly bumped; a little light sunning to the edges; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, bumped and torn with very slight loss.
Stories from World War I, World War II (Europe and the Pacific), Korea and Vietnam.