A fine collection of variant editions of the Anzac Memorial - comprehensive without being exhaustive. All were published in Sydney by the Returned Soldiers Association of New South Wales (except the last one, published by the New South Wales Branch, Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, and edited by Henry Pearce)
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).