Item #138437 The Straits Impregnable. Sydney de LOGHE, Frederick Sydney LOCH.
The Straits Impregnable

The Straits Impregnable

Melbourne, Australasian Authors [sic] Agency, [June] 1916.

Small octavo, [vi], 212, [2] (blank, colophon) pages.

Salmon-pink printed wrappers a little sunned on the spine; acidic paper tanned (more so around the edges); contemporary ownership signature (W. Francis Malone) in pencil on two early pages; trifling signs of age and use, but essentially in excellent condition, and surely rarely found thus.

'This Book, Written in Australia, Egypt and Gallipoli, is true', and this is a copy of the very rare first edition of this important work. The author, Frederick Sydney Loch (1889-1954), served with the Artillery during the Gallipoli campaign, and was invalided out of the army in March 1916. Three months later, he published his personal narrative under a pen-name, and cast it as a novel to circumvent military censorship laws. The first edition sold out in three weeks; a second edition quickly appeared, but it was immediately withdrawn from sale by the censors. The following year it was published in English (and curious to relate, again in Australia, this time in Braille!). It has since been rediscovered, and new editions, under the title 'To Hell and Back', have appeared in Australia in 2007 and England in 2008, and in England and the US in 2010 (both under its original title). Loch's wartime experiences lead him to devote his life to significant humanitarian action, predominantly with displaced refugees in Greece (for much more on this, see the entry on his wife Joice in the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography'). Dornbusch 361.

Item #138437

Price (AUD): $550.00