Memoirs of a Medico
[Adelaide], 'Printed and Published At "the Horace Walpole Press"' [The Author], 1941.
Octavo, [v] (first two blank), 5 (last two blank), 484 pages.
Overlapping limp cloth with a paper title-label on the spine; covers slightly marked, bumped and indented, with marginal pinpricks to the front cover and the first 60 or so pages; endpapers offset (with the rear one marked); overall, a very good copy of an indifferent production (meaning, the pinpricks are probably 'as-issued'!).
Inscribed 'To Eric & Jean McLaughlin, with the Compliments & Best Wishes of F.E. Rogers, Xmas /41'. The book was hand-set and printed by the author, who apologizes in the preface for the many errors present. 'These errors are due, I think mainly, to composing much of the matter without an intervening manuscript stage' - no mean feat! Frederick Edward Rogers (1865-1947) was an English doctor. He recounts in his memoirs that 'In 1923, my health being indifferent, my wife and I and two younger daughters set sail for Adelaide, South Australia, where we joined our second girl who had married a Digger'. We have previously sighted an obituary that mentioned that a second volume of memoirs was published [in 1945]; Farmer does not record this in 'Private Presses and Australia' (1972 and the supplement in 1976).