Brisbane, Watson, Ferguson & Co. Ltd., 1916 (second edition)/ 1915 and 1916.
Octavo, [viii] (last blank), 142 pages plus 5 plates and a map; and [viii], 187 pages plus 16 plates and a colour map.
The first volume is rebound in modern binder's blue cloth retaining the front cover title cartouche; edges a little marked, foxed and nibbled with slight surface loss; index leaf torn and repaired with archival tape; a few leaves with slight tears at the edges (presumably due to careless opening); ownership signature (Mrs G.J. Ansell); moderate foxing throughout; a decent copy. The second volume is rebound in modern binder's tan cloth; edges a little nibbled with slight surface loss; scattered foxing throughout; minor signs of use and age; essentially a very good copy.
The frontispiece of both volumes, and two other plates in the first volume, depict the author, a medical graduate with the RAMC, without naming him. At the outbreak of war, Robert Marshall Allan (1886-1946) was working at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. The book comprises 'greatly condensed' letters to his father in Brisbane, written from the time he entered camp at Aldershot in September 1914 until November 1915 (from France). 'The volume is printed for private circulation - without the knowledge of the writer' (from the preface). Loosely inserted is a photograph (215 × 140 mm, mounted on card) of Lieutenant-Colonel Llewellyn Caractacus Powell Phillips RAMC, with his ink signature and the pencilled details of the photographer ('Hanselmann, Cairo, 1915'). Phillips was commander of the British Red Cross Hospital at Giza. The photograph is slightly foxed and bears a small pin hole, top and bottom, suggesting that at some point it was pinned up. Not in Dornbusch; Fielding and O'Neill, page 250 (the enlarged second edition). [3 items].