The Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services in the War of 1914-1918. Volume I: Gallipoli, Palestine and New Guinea (spine title). Volume II: The Western Front (spine title)
Melbourne (Volume I) and Canberra, Australian War Memorial, 1938 (second edition)/ 1930 and 1940.
Octavo, two volumes, xxvi, 873,  (publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets) pages with 4 diagrams, 10 graphs, 8 maps and a full-page illustration (page 586), plus a tipped-in errata slip, 4 diagrams, 8 graphs, 16 maps (including 2 double-page maps) and 128 plates; and xvi, 1010,  (tipped-in publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets, verso blank) pages with 37 diagrams, 12 graphs, 11 maps and a full-page illustration of 'Conventional Signs' (page 959), plus 2 maps and 91 plates.
Original dark blue cloth lightly marked and rubbed; edges and endpapers a little foxed and slightly marked; an excellent pair.
The first two volumes of the three-volume medical companion to the twelve-volume 'Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-1918'. The third one, 'Problems and Services', was published in 1943; it is very scarce. Arthur Graham Butler (1872-1949) 'was appointed regimental medical officer of the 9th Battalion which sailed for Egypt in September.... Butler was in one of the first boats ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 ... He was the only medical officer to win the Distinguished Service Order at Anzac, where he remained until October ... In 1923, "against his wish, but from a sense of public duty", he agreed to write the official history of the Australian Army Medical Services in the war; the task was to occupy the next twenty years of his life. He gave up his practice' and lived in relative poverty. He wrote all three volumes 'except part of the first.... His literary work displays the qualities that he showed on the battlefield: courage, compassion and meticulousness. He sought to isolate and analyse important problems as a guide to future policy and management. His arguments are trenchant, his scholarship exact and penetrating. His wide-ranging, critical statistical appendices are especially valuable and shocking in their implications. His three volumes are among the most distinguished war history texts of the English-speaking nations' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography'). Dornbusch 254; Fielding and O'Neill, page 209; Trigellis-Smith 313-314 and 737-738. [2 items].
Dornbusch 254; Fielding and O'Neill, page 209; Trigellis-Smith 313-314 and 737-738. [2 items].