Large thick octavo; papered boards; ownership stamp; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper very slightly creased and with a small mark (due to conjunction with the freshly-applied ownership stamp).
The standard reference for the entire RAF bombing campaign of Europe in WW2, which puts much in perspective.
[Sydney, 27th Air Depot Group ('Photo-lithographed in Australia by S.T. Leigh ... Sydney'), 1945].
Quarto,  pages, extensively illustrated (including 8 full-page colour plates) plus pictorial endpapers (the front one a map).
Gilt-decorated leatherette a little bumped or cockled; light shallow tidemarks and minor cockling to some top and bottom margins; trifling signs of use; overall a very good copy.
The 27th, comprising mainly repair and supply squadrons, was part of the US Army Air Force. This book contains the Group's full New Guinea history; the Group Headquarters at Port Moresby was officially closed on 20 August 1944 and moved forward as the Japanese were driven back. The last seventeen pages contain the complete list of personnel, including those who lost their lives.
External dimensions 100 x 205 mm (but cut and printed to resemble a digger's slouch hat),  pages (comprising title, double-page 'rations' list, double-page toast list with relevant colour patches, a page for autographs, the committee list and details of deaths since the last meeting).
Light-brown card printed in dark brown; one 'rations' page slightly marked; trifling abrasion to the front cover; a superb item.
A most attractive souvenir menu from the South Australian Riverland. It is interesting to note that these annual reunions did not commence until 15 years after the First World War ended. The outside rear cover has the pencil [ownership] signature of H.L. Bowen [#1866 Sergeant Haddon Lancelot Bowen, 50th Battalion, returned to Australia in February 1919 after more than three years on active service).
Titling-wrappers, very slightly marked; a fine copy.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper Number 26 of 1914; only 950 copies. Training, results of examinations, sanitation, tables of admissions and diseases and the like; one statistic soon to change was the number of deaths recorded in the Permanent Forces - seven, including one suicide.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper Number 52 of 1914 (Second Session); only 1000 copies printed. The Commissioners were Alfred Deakin, Dugald Thomson and G.H. Knibbs; with a detailed 11-page list of imports from Germany and Austria-Hungary considered in the light of probability of supply by local production.
Duodecimo, 24 pages with 3 illustrations (Kamiri Village scenes, from photographs).
Cord-bound stapled overlapping pictorial card covers very lightly foxed; an excellent copy.
A short souvenir history of the Kamiri Branch of Australian Masons on active service on Noemfoor (Numfor) Island (now in Papua Province, Indonesia). 'Our numbers grew from 15 at our preliminary meeting [on 21 August 1944] to 68 at the second and progressively until about 125 became the usual attendance, whilst over 200 members passed through our books in the first three months.' The pamphlet comprises a two-page history of the branch, a complete list of members giving their address and lodge in Australia, a one-page poem entitled 'At Kamiri Kafe' by HM (presumably Harry Moses, one of the foundation members), and a list of the fifteen foundation members. Inscribed and signed by Kenneth Grant, foundation Chairman: 'Thought you would be interested in this, Bill. I had the left-overs! ... 20.9.52'.
Titling-wrappers, stapled as issued; slight rust marks near the staples; a fine copy.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper Number 29 of 1914; only 950 copies printed. Disturbances at the Bridge on Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 November: 'the result of ignorance rather than insubordination. It was mainly the expression of a number of inexperienced youths of their desire to go into Liverpool and of their disapproval at being prevented from so doing ...'. A detailed account of the life, duties (and unpreparedness) of the army recruit on the eve of the first world war.
Folio, 2 pages plus a full-page illustration (a plan of a fort) and a folding map (267x245mm; Port Adelaide and Holdfast Bay, showing proposed fortifications).
Drop-title; small holes in the left-hand margin where sewn when bound (now disbound); an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 19 of 1866. Along the shore from Black Cliff 'to Port Adelaide, a distance of fifteen miles, there is scarcely a spot on which troops, artillery, stores, &c., could not be landed in fine weather, under cover of ships' heavy guns' - it gets worse.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1947 [revised edition]/ 1933.
Octavo, [x], 65 page with 8 full-page illustrations (by Will Mahony).
Decorated overlapping wrappers; covers very slightly rubbed, bumped and creased; an excellent copy.
With the 1947 Christmas gift inscription to Mary Fulton, Flora Mac, from Frank Clune. With the Will Mahony illustrations. First published in 1933 (see catalogue no. 320), this 1947 reedition is important because it is the first to include the fine plates after drawings by Will Mahony.
Large quarto, 80 pages with 190 illustrations (including 'more than fifty large-format colour plates').
Papered boards; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little creased and rubbed at the head of the (sunned) spine.
Kym Bonython's copy, with his ownership signature. This volume reproduces all of the artwork Friend produced as an official war artist with the Australian forces on the islands of New Guinea and Borneo.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1940 [first edition].
Pocket-size (135 x 105 mm), 176 pages.
Wrappers lightly creased and marked, with the foot of the spine slightly chipped; later ownership details on the title page; a very good copy.
One of the Australian Military Handbooks series. George Dean Mitchell (1894-1961) embarked with the 10th Battalion in October 1914 and saw service at Gallipoli before arriving in France in September 1916. He was then drafted into the 48th Battalion, and survived the war with an MC and DCM. His uncompromising war memoir, 'Backs to the Wall', was first published in 1937. This handbook is written in the same vein; it 'contains the essence of those four years of battle experience.... [It] takes over, as it were, at the firing line'. Although it was reprinted in the following year, both editions are rare in our experience. Offered together with two companion volumes in the same series; they are in the original wrappers, in similar condition. They are DUNLOP, W.A.S.: The Fighting Soldier (1941, [seventh Australian edition]), and The Complete Musketry Instructor ... (1942; minor light tidemarks to some leading margins; with the contemporary ownership details of Corporal J.C. Cutler 47677).
Octavo; papered boards; bottom edge a little rubbed; top corners slightly bumped; a tiny to the front cover; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper a little sunned about the spine and very slightly creased.
One of the Blandford Colour Series, this volume features 172 colour illustrations.
Brick-red cloth, top edge dyed to match; endpapers lightly foxed; minimal cockling and thin light tidemarks to the top margin (occasionally light pink where the dye has run); a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed and foxed.
'Inscribed by Montgomery of Alamein FM. May 1960' is written in blue-green ink on the title page. On the flyleaf there is an earlier gift inscription, dated 18 November 1958, to 'General Sir Edric M. Bastyan KBE from his friend M.W.' (possibly the brother of Sir Man Kam Lo, whose portrait snipped from another publication has been mounted there). During the Second World War, Sir Edric Montague Bastyan (1903-1980) was Chief Administrative Officer under Field Marshall Sir William Slim (who described him as 'outstanding'). After the war Bastyan was head of logistics during the Berlin airlift, Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong (1957-60), and successively Governor of South Australia (1961-68) and Tasmania (1968-73). Sir Man Kam Lo (1893-1959) was a 'member of a prominent Eurasian family who was a leading barrister, and from pre-war times, a member of the Legislative Council' (Sweeting, Anthony: Education in Hong Kong, 1941 to 2001. Visions and Revisions [page 142]).
Octavo; cloth; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper very slightly creased, rubbed and torn.
Inscribed and signed by Thomas Moon. 'Eifler, a policeman and customs officer on the Mexican-American border in his younger days, was recruited into US Intelligence at the beginning of World War 2. He was one of the original group who eventually became known as the OSS...'.
The artist is unidentified, but he was possibly attached to No. 9 Repair and Salvage Unit RAAF (9 RSU). The Australian War Memorial website states that in 1945 three artists already serving with the RAAF were seconded to the RAAF War History Section as artists - Harold Freedman (1915-1999), Max Newton (1919-1975), and Eric Thake (1904-1982) - but they may be excluded as possibilities. According to the Operations Record Book of 9 RSU (in the National Archives of Australia), an advance party arrived at Morotai on 31 January 1945, with the main party and equipment following in mid-March. The Spitfire Association website adds: '457 Squadron, as part of the 1st Tactical Air Force ... was deployed to Morotai in the Indies in early 1945. Beginning on the 10th February 1945, operations continued at a high intensity for the next three months. Then the Squadron relocated again, commencing operations from the island of Labuan, on the Borneo coast, on the 19th June, primarily in support of the Australian land campaign in British North Borneo. It mounted its last operational sorties on 13 August, two days before the Japanese surrender'. The painting would appear to be contemporary.
London, Cambridge University Press for the Royal Historical Society, 2010.
Octavo; papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Camden Fifth Series, Volume 37. '... official reports sent from the British missions in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Dresden, Stuttgart, Munich and Vienna [which] provide strong evidence that the period between the Dresden Conferendces of 1851 and the Austro-Prussian war of 1866 should be seen as more than just a time of transition between the revolution of 1848 and German unification...'.
London, Cambridge University Press for the Royal Historical Society, 2006.
Octavo; papered boards; a fine copy with the excellent dustwrapper.
Camden Fifth Series, Volume 28. The 'official reports sent from the British missions stationed in Germany to the Foreign Office in London ... vividly illustrate the importance of the 1848 Revolution and its aftermath as an epoch-making event in German and European history'.
Quarto, 94, [95-112] pages with '67 illustrations' (including portraits and 2 full-page tinted illustrations) plus a colour plate by Ben Jordan. A small slip printed in red advertising 'The Ideal Gift. A leather bound COPY DE LUXE ...' is bound in at the rear. (Other artists include D.H. Souter, Harry Julius, George Taylor and Oliver Brock).
Original blue limp ooze leather with yapp edges, blocked in gilt and blind, bound over the original card covers (printed in green and black, and with a cropped version of the colour plate mounted on the front cover); covers sunned and rubbed, and with... Read complete entry
The rare, and very attractive, deluxe edition. Dornbusch 355; Fielding and O'Neill, page 242; Trigellis-Smith 190.
Quarto, 132 pages with a frontispiece (by Lieutenant Will Dyson) plus 34 full-page plates.
Quarter cloth (with paper title-labels on the spine) and papered boards (printed with the battalion's colour patch); spine a little sunned and marked; front cover foxed and marked; corners lightly worn; endpapers offset; trifling signs of use; a... Read complete entry
The author served with the battalion, and was awarded the MC. In his preface he records that 'Most of the book was written on the Somme at irregular intervals, in dugouts or ruined villages, or beneath that well-known tarpaulin which, in the forward area, served as Quartermaster's Store. The concluding chapters were written in Belgium'. The book is not identified as such, but it comes from the personal collection of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Thomas Paterson (1886-1950), Commanding Officer of the 39th Battalion AIF, and the author of that battalion's history. Dornbusch 313; Fielding and O'Neill, pages 34 and 227; Trigellis-Smith 223.
Oklahoma City, 45th Infantry Division Association, .
Octavo; decorated card covers rubbed and slightly creased and with a tiny tear to the head of the spine; overlapping maps originally tipped-in, now loose and slightly creased; overall a very good copy.
Kent Town, CMF Observer Group, Vietnam (South Australia) , 2001.
Octavo, [i, title page, printed inside front wrapper], 328 pages with portraits of the 38 contributors plus a folding map.
Pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
A printed ahesive label on the title page states 'Limited Edition Book No. 151 Issued to: ...'. No upper limit to the edition is stated, but there is every reason to believe it is low (and copies are found at only three Australian libraries on Trove).
Octavo; synthetic cloth lightly rubbed and marked; a tiny surface tear (blacked out) on the front cover; flyleaf very slightly marked; a very good copy with the lightly creased dustwrapper strengthened at the extremities with tape.
Hobart, Walch and Sons (for the 12th Battalion Association), 1925.
Small octavo, xii, 508 pages with vignette illustrations plus 21 plates and 12 folding maps.
Contrasting quarter cloth (blue and white, the Battalion's colours) lightly marked; spine a little sunned; expert conservation to the front inner hinge; small tape-stain to the margin of one plate and an adjacent page; trifling surface blemish to... Read complete entry
The author was 'Late Lieutenant and Adjutant' of the Battalion. The front flyleaf is inscribed 'To Harold from Uncle Ralph. Lieut. 12th Bn AIF. Enlisted Aug 4th 1915. Discharged Aug 23rd 1919'. Another hand (Harold's?) has added 'Major, 2nd World War, 1939-45. 4th Garrison Battln. Amenities Officer, Dawes Rd Hospital, SA. Died 6th March 1951 aged 60½ years'. Eleven passages marked in pencil throughout the book leave no doubt that Uncle Ralph is Ralph Dillion Radford, who embarked in Sydney in May 1916 on HMAT A64 'Demosthenes' as a second lieutenant in the 3rd Divisional Cyclist Battalion. On the Western Front in mid-February 1916, 'Lieut. Radford's work, also, was highly commendable, more specially owing to the fact that this was his first tour of duty in the line' (page 279). He was Mentioned in Despatches for setting 'his men a splendid example of gallantry & cheerfulness under most trying conditions' over the period 4-8 May 1917; he was 'the only officer to serve the whole time in the front line' (page 324). Other (often glowing) references to Radford appear on pages viii, 306, 315, 318-19, 322, 390 (a whole paragraph, where a mistransposed line has had its correct position indicated in red pencil) and 485-86. Dornbusch 333; Fielding and O'Neill, page 226; Trigellis-Smith 214.
Hannover, [The Author], [various dates 1990 to 1994].
Quarto; laminated decorated card covers; an excellent set with occasional rubbing, sunning and slight creasing.
Included in this set are volumes 1/I (Mechanized Army and Waffen-SS Units 1st September 1939), 2/I (Mechanized Army Divisions 10th May 1940), 2/II (Mechanized GHQ Units and Waffen-SS Divisions 10th May 1940), 3/I (Mechanized Army Divisions 22nd June 1941), 3/II (Mechanized GHQ Units and Waffen-SS Formations 22nd June 1941) and 4/I (Mechanized Army Divisions 28th June 1942).
London, William Hodge and Company, May 1941 (second impression)/ February 1941.
Octavo, (viii), 259 pages.
Papered boards; extremities slightly bumped; spine unevenly sunned; top edge a little dusty; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly marked, chipped and torn (with slight loss), the spine being sunned and the price excised (as per then-current... Read complete entry
'These sermons were taken down in shorthand and duplicated copies secretly distributed in Germany, it is from one of these copies that this translation is made'.
Octavo; cloth slightly sunned; top edge very slightly marked; endpapers lightly offset; ownership details; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly sunned, torn and chipped with slight loss (chiefly to the head of the spine).
Not least, 'Japanese Islam Policy in Java, 1942 - 1945'. Not stated as such, but in the Selected Studies on Indonesia series.
Quarto, 118 pages with numerous illustrations and 51 colour plates.
Papered boards; edges a little rubbed and marked; tiny private library label; a very good copy with the very slightly sunned dustwrapper strengthened with tape from behind the head and foot of the spine .
Oblong quarto; red cloth; minimal foxing; an excellent copy.
With the ownership details of NX29757 A.W. Simpson. This version in red cloth is the presentation edition, further distinguishable from the standard edition (in white papered boards) by the addition on the half-title of facsimile signatures of the three Battalion Commanders.
Oblong quarto; red cloth; top edge a little insect-soiled, otherwise an excellent copy with the slightly chipped and foxed dustwrapper.
Inscribed to Lieutenant-Colonel R.W.G. (Bob) Ogle, presumably by the author. Loosely inserted is a four-page supplement (dated August 1981) comprising a list of names omitted from the original Nominal Roll and an errata note. This edition in red cloth is the presentation edition, further distinguishable from the standard edition (in white papered boards) by the addition on the half-title of facsimile signatures of the three Battalion Commanders.
Canberra, Australian Government Published Service, 1974.
Quarto, viii, 186 pages with maps plus plates (some in colour).
Gilt-decorated cloth; extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; top edge foxed; contemporary ownership details; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, creased and torn with very slight loss.
Octavo; laminated colour pictorial card covers; a mint copy.
Signed on the title page by the editor (who also provides a detailed essay on the author in his war). From the Introduction: '101 Nights is vivid in the way most military memoirs are not because the fiction has allowed Ray's thinly-disguised facts to be published at a time when most first-hand accounts [of Bomber Command] kept determinedly away from the real horror of war.'.
Madras, reprinted by Pharoah and Co., Athenaeum Press, 1861-2 (a reprint of the revised editions of 1803).
Large octavo, three volumes (but broadly a faithful line-by-line resetting of the original quarto edition, including the signatures), [iv], 436, xcvi (index); [ii], 740, [xv] (list of geographical and proper names) pages and [ii], ii pages plus 35 maps and plans (most of them folding).
Contemporary half calf and marbled boards with contrasting leather labels on the spines; covers scuffed and lightly marked, and worn at the extremities; a few tiny silverfish holes to the leading fold of one map; short tears to a few maps near the... Read complete entry
An early Indian reprint of this primary resource, covering the period 1745 to 1761.
Some idea of the extent of her prodigious efforts may be found on the 'exetermemories' website: 'The Mayoress was a formidable fund raiser and organiser, having raised £400 since the outbreak of war, to purchase bags of food for the soldiers passing through Exeter by rail. In February 1915 she, and four other ladies were supplying a bag with a large sandwich, two pieces of cake, orange or banana and a pack of cigarettes to every soldier from the platform of Exeter's stations. They had supplied food to 12 to 13,000 soldiers between September and January'. ^The collection commences with a typed letter signed by General (later Field Marshal) Sir William Birdwood, dated 3 October 1919 from AIF Administrative Headquarters in Horseferry Road, thanking Lady Owen on behalf of the Commonwealth Government and of the AIF (quarto, embossed with the Royal Coat of Arms, Westminster, folded for posting and lightly creased). 'Dear Lady Owen ... Your personal interest and ability have, I am sure been largely responsible for the efficiency of the Buffet service at the Exeter Railway Station, which has been so welcome to our troops - both arriving in and departing from England'. It is followed by a typed letter with similar content signed by Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, dated 6 November 1919, overstamped '7 November 1919' (foolscap folio, on the AIF Repatriation and Demobilisation Department letterhead, folded for posting, and lightly creased and rubbed). He expands on Birdwood's sentiments: 'Frequent comment has been made by the A.I.F. troops who have passed through Exeter, clearly indicating that the work of your Committee has ... materially added to their comfort on the rail journey'. ^The balance of the collection comprises a typed letter signed by Brigadier General Thomas Griffiths on behalf of General Birdwood, dated 20 September 1918, forwarding an 'AIF Order' (small octavo, the first page of a bifolium, on AIF Administrative Headquarters letterhead, folded once for posting); a printed 'Australian Imperial Force (List No. 387). Extracts from 'The London Gazette' [of 16 September 1918]', issued by 'Headquarters, Australian Imperial Force, In the Field, 20th September, 1918', commending Lady Owen (as 'Owen, Mrs J.K.G., Aust. Vol. Worker') for 'valuable services rendered ... for the benefit of the Naval and Military Forces' (presumably this is the aforementioned 'AIF Order' - foolscap folio, folded for posting and a little torn and creased, complete with the original blank envelope); and two documents, both dated 19 October 1916, confirming the registrations of the 'Mayoress of Exeter's Fund (Soldiers and Sailors Comforts)' and 'Mayoress of Exeter's Fund (Hospitality)' under the War Charities Act by the Exeter City Council (quarto, forms printed rectos only and completed by hand in ink, each signed by the town clerk). Photocopies of three newspaper articles relating to the Owens and their 'unobtrusive solicitude for the fighting men of the Empire' are also included in the lot. [6 main items].
Lengthy captions in pencil on the verso of each photograph are most illuminating, not least because they were inscribed by an Australian soldier in Jerusalem shortly after the fall. He is possibly a member of the 4th Light Horse Brigade, and accordingly a veteran of the famous charge at Beersheba (see below). One of his most important observations is that the photographs were produced by 'the Turkish army photographer who was left behind in Jerry and now sells the prints to us deluded fools at a bondman price'. These comments are among others written on the verso of a photograph of Australian prisoners of war: 'Some of our cavalry, looking pretty dejected, poor devils, at Jerusalem Station. The officer is ours, too. Note the jacko wounded in the rear'. We have traced only one other example of five of these photographs (albeit cropped differently), and two different variants of the sixth, in two named collections in the Library of Congress. The main repository is a pair of albums compiled by John Whiting (image numbers 75, 87, 116 ['Australians captured at Shellal'], 151, 179, and 205 [a variant image]; all of these prints are of an image a centimetre to the right and a centimetre lower than the six on offer). The source of the other variant image is the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection. An informative (but not entirely accurate) online article by Issam Nassar, 'John Whiting's Album of the Great War in Palestine', gives details of Jerusalem's American Colony and the photography department it opened in 1898; 'Whiting, along with others including Eric Matson, was one of its leading photographers ... [and Whiting] might be the one who shot most, if not all, of the photographs in the albums'. The captions on this small group of photographs tell a different, more complete, and much more nuanced, story. For example, Whiting's prosaic caption on his number 179, '6th Cavalry Squadron', is more accurately described thus: 'Jacko cavalry on the edge of the plain our 4th L.H. Bde charged over into Beersheba. Taken two days before our attack'. Whiting has on number 205 'Last review by Jamal [sic] Pasha & Von Kress in Jer.', while our almost 70-word account commences with 'Review by Jemal Pasha, Jacko C. in C. on the open ground just south of Jerusalem and on part of which I am at present camped. X is now used as our army post office ...'. All in all, the annotations run to nearly 340 words, not all of them complimentary, no matter what the nationality. In one instance, he writes that 'These pictures will illustrate the fact that we are fighting an army on this front and not a mere ragged rabble as some good folk in Australia - home of the Fenian and cold feet - might be [tempted?] to think'. The photographs are clearly rare by any definition; these unvarnished observations make them uniquely desirable.
Aldershot, Gale and Polden ... at the Wellington Press, 1956.
Octavo; cloth; corners very slightly bumped; edges, flyleaves and early leaves a little foxed; ownership signature; a very good copy with the dustwrapper sunned on the spine and slightly marked and worn with trifling loss.