W.A. Webb. South Australian Railways Commissioner, 1922-30. A Political, Economic and Social Biography
North Plympton, Nesfield Press, 1973.
Octavo, [xviii], 213 pages with 5 maps plus 96 plates and 2 endpaper maps.
Cloth; a fine copy with the slightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper.
The superior first printing, limited to 1000 numbered copies. This is an unnumbered presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author to his secretary (and typist) on the occasion of the dinner held to celebrate the launching of the book on 12 September 1973. Loosely inserted are a number of interesting ephemeral items: the prospectus, a contemporary newspaper review of the book, the invitation to the dinner, the handsome dinner menu (8 pages plus the cord-bound card covers, listing the 47 guests), the duplicate typescript of Dr Jennings' entertaining five-page speech at the launch and a few later miscellaneous but related items. A unique package.