Melbourne, Wylie Publishing Company, 1946 to 1950.
Quarto, five volumes, with each monthly issue approximately 40-50 pages with illustrations.
Bound without the original wrappers in contemporary binder's cloth (now a little marked), with slight loss to one corner and the foot of one rear hinge; these trifling external blemishes have little impact on the desirability of an otherwise fine... Read complete entry
Foolscap folio, 12 pages plus a folding map (335 x 315 mm).
Drop-title, neatly disbound (with holes in the inner margin where formerly stab-sewn); minimal light foxing to some edges; a fine copy.
A detailed report, outlining the history of the inaccurately determined 141st meridian of east longitude, resulting in a strip of disputed land between Victoria and South Australia. The electric telegraph connecting the observatories of the three colonies afforded a more accurate means of determining the meridian, and this report explains the procedure; the map shows 'the exact position (north of the Murray) of the said boundary line, and the relative position, at its northern extremity, of the present boundary line of South Australia and Victoria'. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 182 of 1868-69.
Small octavo,  pages of plates, many of them captioned.
Modern cloth, retaining the original two-colour pictorial wrappers (lightly mottled, with the rear one a little marked); tiny chip to the top corner of the front cover; an excellent copy, albeit with some captions slightly cropped.
Basically a picture book of the 80 or more participating groups and organizations in the procession ('three miles long' according to the official program). Not in Dornbusch; not in Fielding and O'Neill.
Large octavo, 24 issues, each approximately 160 pages with numerous illustrations, bound in four volumes (pedestrian quarter morocco and cloth showing some signs of use and age), retaining half the pictorial front wrappers and most of the rear ones; Numbers 7, 8, 29 and 30 are waterstained and cockled (but still very readable), with some restoration to the last few advertising leaves in the last number; pencil scribble on a few leaves; some loss to one rear cover, and an occasional tear; overall a very
An illustrated monthly modelled on the London Strand magazine, it was published in two series in unbroken sequence from May 1907 to 1921. The journal remained under the control of The Bulletin for most of its life; it was planned by J.F. Archibald who gave it the name he had originally wished to confer on The Bulletin. After Archibald's mental collapse in 1906 delayed publication of the first issue, Frank Fox took over as editor (1907-09); he was followed by A.H. Adams (1909-11) (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature). A who's who of Australian writers and artists of the time, not least in this run, with various Lindsays, D.H. Souter, and Ida Rentoul for starters.
Octavo, five volumes, with approximately 600 pages plus a frontispiece per volume.
Cloth (the third volume lightly marked, the head of the spine of the first volume slightly bumped); ownership details written discreetly on one line on an initial blank in four volumes, and on the half-title in the other; essentially a fine set with... Read complete entry
The periodical was originally published by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, appearing daily for 555 issues from 1 March 1711 to 6 December 1712. It was revived by Addison for a further 81 issues from 18 June to 20 December 1714. Harvard Professor George Sherburn, an authority on eighteenth-century literature, is quoted on the blurb: 'If one wishes to know what the eighteenth-century Londoner thought about one can do no better than to read 'The Spectator'; it both conditioned and freshened the minds of its readers, and it was read throughout the century'. The blurb goes on to state that this edition 'is the first to provide an authoritative text, based on a complete collation of the original sheets. An extensive introduction and commentary throw new light on problems of publication and authorship and enable the reader to enjoy the essays against the background of their own times. A full analytic index provides a clue to the multiplicity of topics covered in the essays'.
Adelaide, printed by Modern Printing Company [for the Author], 1905 [first edition, first impression].
Octavo, 40 pages plus a frontispiece portrait.
Pictorial wrappers creased and slightly marked, with a short repaired tear to the rear cover; a few leaves a little marked; short repaired tear to the last leaf; mild signs of use; overall, still a very good copy.
A venomous invective against the self-satisfaction and dullness of Edwardian Adelaide, dedicated 'To any kindred spirit whom duty may compel to live in Adelaide, and who, living there, suffers as we suffer'. Anderson takes aim at everything from the quality of the wine ('The wine matches the inhabitants, and I leave the reader to supply his own adjectives') to the treatment of horses, but she takes particular delight in poking holes in the stuffy pieties of the city, which 'has clothed itself in a self-constituted halo of excessive virtue'. Annotations in pencil on two pages identify a couple of her victims. One of these is outed at the end of Chapter 3: The Lesser Animals, which contains a mere 25 words: 'I have not devoted much time to the classification of these, but I believe that they comprise chiefly mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, rats, and Lady Kitty' [editor of the social pages in the 'Adelaide Observer' and the 'Register']. Apparently this was 'Edith Aird - lived at Woodville'! The pamphlet provoked a spate of scathing reviews and apologiae for the city, but proved extremely popular; it 'ran through ten editions in the year of its publication, while its sequel, 'The Arcadians', ran through four editions in the same year' (Depasquale: A Critical History of South Australian Literature, 1836-1930). In spite of that, we have not had a copy of the first edition before; indeed, any early printing has proven elusive. Offered together with a copy of the 1985 Wakefield Press facsimile reprint, which includes a 16-page commentary by Dr Derek Whitelock, 'Thistle Anderson in Edwardian Adelaide'.
A map (printed surface 310 x 460 mm, with small extensions beyond the printed borders into the left and bottom margins near Alexandria and Suez); small blank portion of the bottom margin expertly restored; minimal light foxing; in excellent condition, presented flat in a Mylar sleeve with an archival support loosely inserted behind it. Part of an Adelaide postmark is present on the blank verso. The map was published at the height of the Anglo-Egyptian War; the two main battles occurred at Kafr-el-Dawwar on 5 August and at Tel el-Kebir on 13 September. The relevant newspaper that day carried a number of articles on the war, including one of half a column length on page 5, under the heading 'The Military Operations in Egypt'. 'With to-day's issue we present our readers with a map of the Seat of War in Egypt, which will be of service in enabling them to see at a glance the course that military operations have taken, and to obtain an intelligent idea of the relative positions, not only of places of historical interest, but also of places in themselves insignificant that have of late had notoriety thrust upon them.... Reverting to the map, it may be mentioned that there are one or two defects in it, but it is on a large scale [about 11 miles to the inch], and is sufficiently precise to give a very clear and very correct view of the seat of the war'.
All but one are octavo; for these copies, basic distinguishing details only are here provided - date of publication, edition, binding; please contact us if more information is required, and we will supply very full particulars. The condition of two of the volumes is very good, and for the other four, it is excellent. The superb quarto Royal Edition is described in detail below. (1) 25 April 1916 [first edition, ('Superior Edition'), first state]; original khaki cloth printed in red and blue, retaining the original colour wrappers. (2) 25 April 1916 [first edition, ('Superior Edition'), second state]; original brick-red buckram printed in gilt, retaining the original colour wrappers. (3) 25 April 1916 [first edition, ('Subscribers' Edition')]; original padded full red morocco printed in gilt, retaining the original colour wrappers. (4) 25 April 1916 [first quarto edition]; see below. (5) 25 April 1917 (second edition)/ 1916; flush-cut colour pictorial cream papered boards. (6) September 1919 (Peace Edition)/ 1916; original padded gilt-decorated purple suede, all edges gilt. The quarto edition comprises 242 (first blank) pages printed on Whatman paper with decorative gilt borders throughout, with 3 illustrations, 22 pages of plates (from photographs) and an original full-page watercolour by Will Donald on page 114 (a head-and-shoulders portrait, captioned 'Anzac', different in every copy). Original padded full red morocco with the title printed in gilt on the front cover, all edges gilt; leather sunned on the spine, rubbed at the extremities, and a little scuffed and marked; foxing to the inside surfaces of the (lined) flyleaves, the binder's blank leaf at each end, and some of the plates; an excellent copy. The 'Royal Edition', albeit an out-of-series copy. Printed at the head of the second page is 'This Edition is limited to Fifty copies'; this copy is unnumbered. In copies where the number is inserted, it is done so in (purple) ink by the editor, and initialled by him. Interestingly, this copy is inscribed on the initial binder's blank 'With Compliments of Manager, Henry W. Pearce', the editor of the 1919 (and last) edition. This copy is in a full padded morocco binding, similar to that used on the leather-bound octavo 1916 edition, but considerably plainer than the ornate hand-tooled polished calf one-off designer bindings of the numbered copies of this edition. Not in Dornbusch (but see 204-207 for other editions); Fielding and O'Neill, page 239 (1917 edition only).
440 x 330 mm, 86 pages with 62 tipped-in Japanese colour plates 'of a superb quality ... 17 of which are full size, 15in. x 12in. [375 x 300 mm]' (from the author's catalogue).
Quarter vellum and cream cloth (both lettered in gilt), top edge uncut; vellum lightly mottled and rubbed; cloth heavily discoloured around the edges by the glue used in production; trifling light marks on the dedication page and the blank page facing... Read complete entry
Number 20 of only 110 copies produced, all signed by the author (and hand-set and printed by Harrie Mortlock at the Beacon Press). Percy Neville Barnett (1881-1953), author, publisher and book-plate authority; in the 1930s he 'became interested in Japanese wood-block colour-prints; he imported 40,000 prints and specially designed endpapers from Japan for a series of charming books including Japanese Colour-Prints (1936), Colour Prints of Hiroshige (1937) [and] Hiroshige (1938)' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
London, Seaby (first and second volumes) and Spink (third volume), 1980, 1987 and 1995.
Folio, three volumes, xxvi, 469; xxiv, 516; and xxxii (last blank), 432 pages with hundreds of illustrations.
Cloth (first and second volumes) and papered boards (third volume); a fine set with the dustwrappers fine apart from being lightly scuffed or bumped on the spines.
'Of particular value to users of the first two volumes is the considerable amount of new and updated information relating to medals catalogued in those books which is now published in Volume III' (pages 227-271).
Quarto, two volumes, [ii], viii, 630 and [ii], viii, 1102 pages with hundreds of illustrations plus a frontispiece in each volume.
Original half morocco and green cloth boards, all edges gilt; leather a little rubbed and scuffed; cloth lightly marked and flecked (although much less than usual with these books), with some loss to the edges (confined mainly to the bottom edges);... Read complete entry
Large octavo, xviii, 283 pages with 11 maps and diagrams plus 84 plates and endpaper charts.
Decorated synthetic cloth; two leaves of plates in the centre of the book very lightly cockled; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly worn at the extremities, with minor loss near the head of the front hinge, and light cockling to the rear... Read complete entry
We have previously catalogued a copy containing the original prospectus, which stated that the book was to be published 'in a restricted edition'. We believe this to be not more than 600 copies. Trigellis-Smith 414.
Each photograph is personally signed in ink on the image by Don Bradman, and each one comes with our letter of authenticity. We purchased these items in the late 1990s from one source only, whom we knew well, and whose connection with Don Bradman was proven and long-established; we knew the owner of the negatives; we can guarantee the material is genuine. We discovered a small bundle of these signed photographs in our storeroom recently ... (Please note: not all images are available in all sizes).
They are captioned in ink on the verso of each mount 'Palmerston, Port Darwin, NT, destroyed by Tornado, December, 1896', along with the initials FEB. Not unnatually, we thought this was the photographer, until we discovered his initials are FAKB! Further specific details are pencilled onto the verso of each mount, namely 'P.R. Allen's Store', 'Rundle's Store', and 'Bennett Street'. Interestingly, the well-exposed interior of Allen's store shows another photographer at work! The mounts are a little marked and chipped, one print is a little weak on contrast, but overall the condition is very good. Florenz August Karl Bleeser (1871-1942) was born in Woodside, South Australia. He became an assistant postmaster in Darwin, where he lived from 1889 until his death. A large collection of his glass negatives in the National Library of Australia includes variant examples of two of these prints (NLA PIC/9981/63 and 65).
Octavo, 228 pages with 12 illustrations and 16 maps plus 18 plates and the printed front endpaper.
Colour pictorial cloth lightly worn at the extremities and along the rear hinge (now with minimal restoration); acidic paper brittle and discoloured as ever; front flyleaf chipped and torn (now stabilised); overall an excellent copy of a book... Read complete entry
Dornbusch 310; Fielding and O'Neill, page 227; Trigellis-Smith 226.
Foolscap folio, 16 pages plus a very large folding tinted map ('Map showing the Routes travelled and Discoveries made by the Exploring Expeditions equipped by The Hon. Thomas Elder and under the Command of Ernest Giles between the years 1872-76'; 518 x 990 mm).
Drop-title, recently bound in cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; small light mark and a trifling blemish to the blank leading margin of the map; essentially a fine copy.
The first printing of the journal of Giles's fifth expedition, from Perth to Adelaide in 1876. The huge map is superb; it shows all the routes travelled by Giles on all his expeditions from 1872 to 1876, and 'the approximate area of Ernest Giles's discoveries' is printed in colour. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 18* of 1876. McLaren 8991. (This paper is the 'continuation of my former Journal of the 29th November, 1875', the diary of the fourth expedition, from Adelaide to Perth in 1875. However, that diary was first published as South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 22 of 1876, chronologically after this journal of the return journey appeared. See McLaren 8992).
Foolscap folio, 69 pages plus a very large folding map ('Map of the Country west of the Telegraph Line in the Interior of Australia explored by Mr E. Giles'; 303 x 689 mm).
Drop-title, recently bound in cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; in fine condition, with all edges uncut as originally issued.
The first printing of the journal of Giles's second expedition, from August 1873 to 13 July 1874. Starting further south than his first expedition, 'Giles followed the line of the Musgrave Ranges which, unknown to him, had just been discovered by William Gosse. On reaching Mount Olga which he had earlier named from a distance, Giles found from Gosse's draytracks that he had been anticipated but since they soon turned back he was encouraged to persevere. He spent the next summer trying to break through to the west from a base in the Tomkinson Range and in autumn persisted in attacking the desert from a northerly point in the Rawlinson Range. A desperate final effort cost him the life of one of his men, who gave his name to Gibson's Desert, and brought Giles himself close to death; the exhaustion of his supplies compelled him to retreat, defeated, to the overland telegraph line' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The superb detailed map carries a lengthy note by the South Australian Surveyor-General, George Goyder: 'This map shows Mr Ernest Giles' explorations during 1872-3 and 4; the tract of country however lying between Ayers' Rock and Mt Stevenson, also that along the Mann and Tomkinson Ranges, and from thence west to ... was previously explored by Mr W.C. Gosse'. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 215 of 1874. McLaren 8989.
Drop-title, recently bound in cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; in fine condition, with all edges uncut as originally issued.
'In 1872 Giles was chosen to lead a small expedition organized by Dr [Ferdinand] Mueller to investigate parts of central Australia west of the new overland telegraph line. From Charlotte Waters the party followed the Finke valley to the Missionaries' Plain south of the MacDonnell Ranges but found its way blocked to the west by lack of water and to the south by the salt-pans of Lake Amadeus which Giles named. There his second-in-command, Carmichael, insisted on turning back despite Giles's wish to find a route to the coast of Western Australia' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).The diary was prepared for publication by Mueller, as noted in his introduction (dated March 1875) to Giles's 'Geographic Travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874'. This first expedition account appears on pages 5-68 of that volume, with two footnotes and a lengthy endnote by Mueller. The text is the same as that in this parliamentary paper, which has three footnotes (including the above two, albeit with some variation, including the misspelled 'Arnham's Land') and no endnote. Although the parliamentary paper has a low number, indicating it appeared earlier in the year, there is no internal evidence to give one version printing priority over the other. Giles is on record as stating that 'Many errors, both in type and grammar occur throughout the book in consequence of my not having been able to revise the proof sheets as I was absent from civilisation on my 4th expedition when it was put through the press' (see McLaren 8981 and 8979); these errors do not leap off the page of either version ... For what it's worth, we find this parliamentary paper version the more attractive presentation. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 21 of 1875. McLaren 8990.
[Adelaide], Citizens and Business Men's Committee, 1919.
180 x 80 mm, 100 pages with 26 printed colour patches of South Australian units and numerous advertisements plus advertisements on the covers.
Overlapping colour pictorial wrappers printed in green and gold; a little loss to the top corner of the front cover has been restored, with minimal loss to the text printed on the verso; chipped edges stabilised; trifling signs of use; an excellent... Read complete entry
A very attractive publication, rarely seen on the open market. Not in Dornbusch; Fielding and O'Neill, page 247.
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].
Sydney, printed and published by Robert Hay of the New Century Press Ltd. for the 'Aussie' Publications Co., 1920.
Quarto, nine issues bound together in one volume, each issue respectively 44 pages (April to August), 52 pages (September to November) and 84 pages (December) with numerous illustrations and advertisements; the pagination includes the colour pictorial wrappers in each instance.
Early binder's cloth, retaining all the wrappers; (rebacked) cloth flecked and a little worn; acidic text paper tanned and a little brittle, with some edges chipped; old tissue-paper repair to one torn leaf, and recent (expert) repairs to three... Read complete entry
This is the civilian continuation of 'Aussie. The Australian Soldiers' Magazine', which was 'Printed in the Field by the AIF Printing Section' in France and Belgium between January 1918 and April 1919. Its imminent publication was foreshadowed by Major-General Cyril Brudenell White in his foreword to the early 1920 facsimile reprint edition of the wartime 'Aussie': 'The readers of the original 'Aussie' will, I think, welcome the new monthly as one of the means of keeping alive the AIF spirit'. It certainly appears to have struck a chord. A note from the editor in Number 15 explains why Number 14 is not available: ''Aussie' wishes to report that his first hop-over in his own country was not a success. The whole of the 25,000 of him was mopped up by a determined counter-attack by the troops of General Public, and he found it difficult to retain any in his own lines'. Suffice to say, all issues are decidedly uncommon today. The last issue (Number 154) appeared on 15 December 1931. Not in Dornbusch; 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. Early quarter leather and original papered boards; a decent copy. 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. Dornbusch 257; Fielding and O'Neill, page 263. [2 items].
Large quarto, two volumes, 400 pages and 464 pages with hundreds of colour illustrations plus a folding colour map in the first volume.
Cloth; laminated colour pictorial onlay (slightly torn with minor loss) on the lightly marked front cover of the first volume; commercial bookplate in each volume; folding map slightly creased and chipped along the inner edge (a problem likely to be... Read complete entry
Quarto, 52,  ('An Appreciation' plus 3 blank 'Memoranda') pages with 30 illustrations (many by H.H. Chappel, who appears in the Roll of Honour on page 47 as Gunner H.H. Chappell).
Pictorial card covers slightly rubbed and a little marked; an excellent copy.
A manuscript annotation on the verso of the front cover, signed H. Rutherford Purnell, identifies this publication as a souvenir of the voyage of the troopship HMAT A15 'Port Sydney', which left Melbourne on 9 November 1917 'carrying 1200 Field Artillery Reinforcements and about 300 of other units'. It arrived at Southampton on 4 January 1918. An almost identical inscription by Purnell appears in a copy in the State Library of Victoria. Bombardier H[ubert] R[utherford] Purnell is listed in the Roll of Honour on page 45. This copy is signed in ink 'Don. Purnell, Jan. 1921' on the inside margin of the first page. Most Australian library records mistakenly give the name of the ship as 'Utopia', taking their cue from an obviously satirical piece on page 22. They could be forgiven for using her previous name, 'Star of England'; it was changed in 1916. Dornbusch 239 (giving the date of publication as 1917); not in Fielding and O'Neill.
Octavo, xii, 173 pages plus 21 plates and a tipped-in errata slip.
Cloth lightly marked, and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; an excellent copy with a most interesting provenance.
From the collection of Dr Edward Angas Johnson, with his signature in ink (instead of the much more common rubber-stamped facsimile). Edward Angas Johnson (1873-1951) was an Adelaide medical practitioner, prominent in public health circles; his grandmother was a daughter of George Fife Angas. 'His hobby was collecting curios and historical relics, especially those relating to South Australian history. This remarkable collection and his library were distributed to public institutions before his death' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This copy has ten relevant newspaper or magazine cuttings, and a colour postcard, mounted or tipped in on nine pages (including the endpapers). There are references to Angas Johnson on four pages of the book (noted in pencil); one of these is an acknowledgement in the preface for his 'assistance in the collection of data'. Of greater interest, however, are the two letters from the author accompanying the book. One, dated 4 September 1933 (octavo, one page), answers a query regarding local nomenclature. The other, dated 10 December 1930 (quarto, one page), relates in detail Hodge's disappointment at the recent rejection of the manuscript by the London publishers Kegan Paul. The reasons given were that it was 'too local to make its publication in England a payable proposition ... [and] That financial conditions at present in connection with the Australian trade render it absolutely impossible [both words underlined]'. The silver lining, for Angas Johnson at any rate, was that he received with the letter a lengthy manuscript article (four pages, quarto) relating to Granite Island, 'copied out for the edification of your son. I would however, like him to regard it as private family information for the present, as the book may possibly be published later on'.
Quarto, 48 pages with numerous illustrations plus an illustration and a map on the inside front and rear covers respectively. The front cover is designed by Norman Lindsay; reproduced inside the front cover is the 'Card of General Invitation, designed by John Longstaff and Norman Lindsay'; and the centrespread, the programme of musical events on the main day, the 9th of May, is extensively illustrated by Lindsay.
Pictorial wrappers lightly marked and foxed; light bottom corner crease throughout; an excellent copy loosely inserted in a custom-made cloth portfolio (a little used).
Signed at the head of the title page 'W.M. Hughes 2/7/46' and further inscribed and initialled by him 'The only survivor. WMH. 'The last of all the Bards was he that sang of border chivalry'' (slightly misquoting from Scott's 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel'). The few inkspots on the title page are surely from his pen! In March 1901 William Morris Hughes (1862-1952) won a seat in the first House of Representatives. He 'replaced Andrew Fisher as Prime Minister in 1915 [until 1923] and led Australia during World War 1. Hughes' campaign for conscription during the 1914-18 war split the Labor Party and affected political alignment in Australia for the next half century. After the war, Hughes was instrumental in the international recognition of Australia as an independent nation through its membership of the League of Nations.... [To this day] No parliamentarian has surpassed his 51 years and 7 months of continuous service as a member of Australia's House of Representatives from the 1st parliament in 1901 to the 20th in 1952' (National Archives of Australia website).
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, vi, 97 pages with numerous illustrations plus technical drawings reproduced on the inside of both covers.
Flush-cut pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
A collected facsimile reprint of articles on classic motorcycle principles that originally appeared in the London weekly periodical 'Motor Cycling' between 1932 and 1944; the engaging one-page introduction by the author is new to this edition. Philip Edward Irving was an Australian automotive engineer (1903-1992) 'whose 60-year international career included the creation of landmark designs for both motorcycles and cars'. These include the Vincent motorcycle and the Repco-Brabham Formula One engines.
Octavo, viii, 202, ix-xxii (pictorial advertisements) pages with numerous line illustrations.
Papered boards (with an advertisement printed on the rear cover) a little rubbed and fingermarked; minor signs of use, confined mainly to two openings (one with a short relevant numerical annotation in ink on one page); a very good copy.
Inscribed and signed 'To Eddie Thomas in appreciation of some nice vehicles which he has constructed. PE Irving 9/9/57'. Philip Edward Irving (1903-1992) was an Australian automotive engineer 'whose 60-year international career included the creation of landmark designs for both motorcycles and cars'. These include the Vincent motorcycle and the Repco-Brabham Formula One engines. Eddie Thomas, a well-known Victorian speedway driver in the 1940s and a pioneering drag racer in the 1960s, was an automotive engineer who opened the Eddie Thomas Speed Shop in the late 1950s (and is he still going in January 2015). An inscription of this nature from someone of the stature of Phil Irving is very high praise indeed ....
East London [Cape Colony], East London Daily Dispatch, 1899.
A newsprint broadside (215 x 335 mm); acidic paper uniformly tanned and creased where folded, but in excellent condition, and of the utmost rarity.
The broadside is almost entirely given over to four articles (printed in three columns) dealing with the very beginning of what turned into the disastrous siege of Ladysmith. In spite of the upbeat headline (that article was based on reports from 'a reliable native' and 'further confirmed by a cyclist'), the news is not good. The report was false, for the British Army was in full retreat. Matters grew worse; in December, three major disasters in what came to be known as Black Week could not be denied. This was the worst run of defeats suffered by the British army since the Napoleonic wars. Provenance: from the estate of May Charlotte Pollard (1868-1970), one of the many children of James Pollard, founder in Tasmania of the Lilliputian Opera Company, which toured Australia and overseas, including South Africa. May Pollard maintained that she had escaped from Ladysmith on the last train before the siege commenced on 2 November 1899.
Adelaide, William Kyffin Thomas, Printer [for The Author], 1874.
Octavo, 53 pages.
Flush-cut quarter green cloth and yellow papered boards, with the full title page details repeated on the front cover; covers slightly rubbed at the extremities and lightly marked; front flyleaf removed; an excellent copy.
'These papers are written solely for private distribution amongst relatives and special friends; and, as my family is rather numerous and dispersed, the necessity arises of having them printed'. This copy is inscribed on the verso of the title page to 'Charlotte de S. Dutton with kind regards' and signed by the author. MacDermott, an 1829 pioneer of Western Australia before settling in South Australia in 1846, died in 1877. The provenance is most interesting: Charlotte de S. Dutton was the widow of William Hampden Dutton (1805-1849); her mother's maiden name was Da Silva. In 1849, William's brother Francis Stacker Dutton (1818-1877) married MacDermott's daughter Caroline. The Duttons and their pastoral property, Anlaby, were household names in South Australia for generations; to put them into context, 'While working at Anlaby in 1842 Francis had discovered with Captain Charles Bagot the Kapunda copper mine' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Octavo, xvi, 536 pages plus 37 plates and 2 folding maps.
Blind-decorated cloth; edges lightly foxed; endpapers mottled, offset and lightly foxed; contemporary ownership details; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper torn (now stabilised) and chipped with minor loss.
This life of Arthur Phillip 'is based entirely upon original contemporary sources and is fully documented and illustrated....[It] is a critical examination of all the extant original material. Much of this is here published for the first time.... The publishers confidently anticipate that this will prove to be the definitive biography'.
[Kuala Lumpur], Published under the Direction of the Surveyor General, Federated Malay States, 1922.
A full-colour map, total printed surface 1350 x 1130 mm, presented in two sections (1350 x 566 mm and 1350 x 564 mm), each one cut into eighteen panels and mounted on linen (as issued), folded and mounted on the pastedowns of the publisher's cased binding (external dimensions 235 x 198 mm).
Cloth-textured papered boards lightly marked, and a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities; minimal light foxing to the verso of the linen (only); the maps are in fine condition.
'F.M.S. Surveys No. 1 - 1922' is printed in the margin of the bottom left-hand corner.
Duodecimo, [iii]-viii, 124 pages plus an erratum slip tipped in on page 18.
The title leaf is missing, but stitching visible at the front and rear of the volume indicates it was definitely not present when the book was bound with two Dublin imprints on small farms (details below) in contemporary quarter straight-grained red... Read complete entry
Melbourne, Lothian Book Company, 1923 (second revised edition)/ 1920/ 1920.
Octavo, viii, 336 pages with a frontispiece portrait plus 2 two-colour double-page endpaper maps.
Contemporary binder's cloth over the original flush-cut card covers, retaining the front and rear panels of the dustwrapper, all edges speckled; endpapers (both later and original) and the first few leaves a little foxed; an excellent copy.
Signed in ink beneath the frontispiece portrait 'John Monash Lieut-General Jany / 1925'. 'In May 1918, Monash was appointed corps commander of the Australian forces, and in that year he led some significant attacks by Australian troops in the final stages of the war. Monash's troops were involved in helping to stem the March German offensive. But it was during the battle at Hamel that Monash really secured his reputation. Monash's skilful planning and attention to detail resulted in a triumphant attack and capture of the town by Australian and American troops. This was the beginning of a series of successful campaigns by Australians that continued until their last battle in October' (Australian War Memorial website). 'Military historians have acclaimed [the battle at Hamel] as 'the first modern battle', 'the perfect battle'.... As a general, Monash had the first essential qualities, the capacity to bear great strain and to make quick and clear decisions.... From early August  in about a month - another amazing feat - he wrote 'The Australian Victories in France in 1918'; it was propaganda, but not far off the truth.... In the 1920s Monash was broadly accepted, not just in Victoria, as the greatest living Australian' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Under his command, Australian forces achieved great success, capturing more territory, prisoners and guns than any other Allied corps. With the contemporary ownership details of Edgar H. Wright (Melbourne, 1925), and the later bookplate of the historian and bibliophile Dr George Mackaness. For the first edition, see Dornbusch 331; Fielding and O'Neill, page 251; Trigellis-Smith 183 (none of them note this revised edition).