The Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History

The Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
196 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5001

We are pleased to offer the catalogue for the first part of the Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History for sale by auction, with nearly 300 lots covering primarily the Boer War and the First World War.

Although unit histories and memorial volumes are well-represented, the strength of the collection, more than forty years in the making, is its rich veins of rare ephemeral printings (including troopship journals printed at sea or in the field, recruitment posters, programmes, signed menus), unusual badges and artefacts, and unique diaries, letters, photographs and commemorative testimonials.

The second main sale, to be conducted later in the year, will focus predominantly on the Second World War. Between these main sales, a series of timed auctions of further material from the collection will take place.

Final bidding starts Saturday 22 February 2020 at 1pm ACDT



You can leave bids online now, bid live online on auction day, or leave absentee bids (you can download the absentee bidding form here).

Click on each lot in the catalogue to see a full description and additional images.

Buyer's premium: 20%
Online bidding fee: 3% (waived for absentee and telephone bids)
Currency: Australian Dollars

All items are available for viewing at our North Terrace premises. However, for the majority of you who are not Adelaideans and for whom personal inspection is not an option, all items are accurately described and photographed, and are covered by our conditional guarantee.

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Please ensure you have read the Conditions of Sale before bidding