Octavo, xvi, 280 pages with several illustrations and figures.
Laminated colour pictorial card covers; a mint copy.
'Many veterans have lived through unspeakable experiences. Then, on return home, they must deal with unwieldy bureaucracies... [the author] examines the soldier's war on the Western Front in detail, looking in particular at trench warfare and the medical conditions'.
The second figure from the right in the front row is wearing a slouch hat with a distinctive hatband, and the brim turned up on the right side. We have discovered the same man in one of Rose's Stereoscopic Views, #2242, 'The Bushmen's Contingent at Camp, Langwarrin', illustrated in 'George Rose, Australia's Master Stereographer' by Ron Blum (2014, third edition, page 32).
Murray's Imperial Library colour pictorial cloth a little flecked and rubbed; top edge foxed; acidic endpapers discoloured, with trifling surface abrasions to the front endpaper; inner hinge slightly cracked and with slight (chiefly surface)... Read complete entry
The letters were written to Sir Bartle Frere 'in regular succession, from a date shortly before the war broke out.... The writer is a man who has long been resident in South Africa, and has held more the position of onlooker than of participator, in its political and commercial affairs. He is not connected with gold mining, he has carefully watched events, and he is an honest English gentleman'.
Amsterdam and Kaapstad (Cape Town), Jacques Dusseau & Co., .
Octavo; gilt-decorated green cloth heavily flecked, worn and stained; insect damage and dampstains to the margins of several leaves; scattered foxing; folding maps torn; early ownership signature in pencil; a decent copy under the circumstances.
A historical overview of the Bible in Dutch, with a provenance rather more exciting than its subject matter. The front endpaper is inscribed in ink 'Taken by S.A. White - Lieut IBC [Imperial Bushmen's Corps]. Boer War 1899-00-01. Rustenburg Transvaal'. Lieutenant Samuel Albert White served with the 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen, reaching the Transvaal around August 1900. The Australians saw action in the vicinity of Rustenburg in early November, according to a lengthy contemporary account of the service of the 'Fighting Fourth' published in the Adelaide newspaper, 'The Register', on Saturday 27 July 1901. Samuel Albert White (1870-1954), ornithologist and conservationist: 'During the South African War he had two tours of duty and was temporarily promoted captain, a title he used thereafter' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Klerksdorp, Transvaal, Printed by H.M. Guest, Printer, Bookseller and Stationer, 'Mining Record' Office, [3 March] 1901.
Approximately 440 x 285 mm, a broadside printed on acidic newsprint (recto only).
Lightly creased where once folded, with trifling chips to some edges, but overall in excellent condition, recently mounted on archival tissue for lasting stability, and housed in a Mylar sleeve with a loose acid-free backing board for support.
The 'Hobart Mercury' (18 April 1901) reprints the text of this broadside in its entirety, with the following informative introductory paragraph: 'The 'Mining Record', published at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, issued the following 'Extra' on the 3rd of March last:- The First Tasmanian Bushmen took part in the fight at Hartebeestfontein Poort, and got through without any casualties'. The headline action took place on 18 February, 'after a march of a fortnight, and fighting almost every day'. The second paragraph gives details of a sharp skirmish in thick bush at Uitval's Kop on 3 February. 'The Boers laid in wait in the bush, and the troops had to clear the position, which they did in a most gallant manner. The Boers were in front and on the flanks in force. After some sharp fighting the Boers retired, our loss being one South Australian killed and five Bushmen and two South Australians wounded, among the latter being Lieut. Dempsey'. These casualties were members of the 3rd South Australian Bushmen's Contingent; the soldier killed was 34 Corporal C.W.B. Currie.
Octavo, xii, 304, [12, publisher's catalogue] pages plus a frontispiece portrait and 5 numbered pages of Colonial Library titles printed on the endpapers (with only the verso of the front flyleaf left blank).
Original blind-pictorial red cloth lightly worn and a little marked; blank 30 mm strip snipped from the head of the title leaf; church library stamp on a number of pages (and a four-digit reference number on three of them); a decent copy.
Adelaide-born Alfred Hales (1860-1936) was an 'author, war correspondent, miner and adventurer ... In 1899 [he] went to the South African war as a correspondent. His dispatches to the London Daily News and John Bull won him a reputation as a critical and daring front-line reporter which was enhanced after his wounding and capture by the Boers at Rensburg' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This book commences 'With the Australians' (74 pages), followed by 'Among the Boers' (52 pages).
[Cape Town, possibly J.H. Robinson & Co.], circa 1900.
Small octavo, a souvenir printed on card,  pages, all with printed decorative borders, comprising a decorative title-cover, an original gelatin silver photograph (105 x 145 mm), three mounted 'everlasting silver leaves' with printed decorations or messages ('Hearty Greetings' and 'To my Dear Mother'), with the last page designed for personal messages.
Trifling signs of handling; in excellent condition.
The photograph, featuring mainly artillery shells of various sizes (some of them identified), small arms ammunition, and shrapnel (one piece marked '66 Battery'), is signed in the negative 'B.W. Canby'. To say the image is incongruous in a souvenir greeting card specifically designed to be sent to one's mother is putting it mildly! Offered with a similar item: the cover title is the same, albeit gilt-pictorial and printed in gilt with the imprint of J.H. Robinson & Co.; both pages of the centrespread contain mounted leaves (those on the right-hand page have printed decorations or messages, this time 'To A Dear Friend' and 'Remember Me'); the last page is blank.
Quarto, [ii], 544 (last blank), [6, index] pages with hundreds of portrait illustrations.
Decorated cloth; a fine copy (no dustwrapper was issued).
Loosely inserted is a circular letter from the publisher (31 July 1996) listing errata, in particular the incorrect portraits for eight of the aces; a separate sheet containing the correct images is supplied.
London, Paul and Dominic Colnaghi, 1855 [first series].
Large octavo, viii, 112,  (publisher's catalogue) pages plus 40 tinted lithographs (including the title page).
Later buckram sunned on the spine and slightly flecked and marked; front bottom corner bumped, impacting slightly on the first few leaves of the book; leading edge of the last leaf of text a little chipped (but now stabilised); title leaf a little... Read complete entry
The plates in the text do not count in the pagination, but as we included the lithographic title leaf in the preliminaries total to make up the required number of pages, we suspect this rebound copy is possibly lacking a half-title or a printed title leaf.
Octavo; covers a little abraded on the top edges and lightly bumped; edges a little marked and foxed; relevant newspaper cutting taped in at the rear (discolouring a few adjacent leaves); a very good copy with the slightly chipped and marked... Read complete entry
Inscribed 'To Jamie from Uncle Rex' above a pasted-in sepia-toned photograph (a later reproduction) of a young Aboriginal serviceman, presumably a member of the battalion.
Quarto, [xvi], 534,  (blank, colophon) pages with 80 pages of illustrations (many of them portraits, from photographs) plus a tipped-in plate at page 479 ('Memorial to Trooper A.E. Fitzallen, erected at Ross', facing the illustration of 'Trooper Fitzallen's Grave in South Africa'), and a tipped-in erratum slip at page 485.
Original half gilt-decorated morocco and textured dark green cloth, all edges speckled; leather a little worn at the corners and lightly rubbed, with the head of the front hinge cracked but firm; spine sunned; cloth lightly marked and scuffed; top... Read complete entry
Inscribed on an early blank page with the contemporary ownership details of 'E.A.M. Curtain No. 147 2nd T.I.B.' (Private Edward Allan Michael Curtain, 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen). His name appears in the nominal roll for No. 2 Company on page 333, and his portrait (uncaptioned) is in the bottom left-hand corner of page .
London, George Bell and Sons, 1900 [Bell's Indian and Colonial Library edition].
Octavo, x, 418,  pages plus 13 plates and 3 folding maps.
Original red cloth slightly flecked, marked and sunned; a very good uncut copy.
Signed in pencil 'F. Ware, May 14th, 1900', presumably [Sir] Fabian Ware KCVO KBE CB CMG (1869-1949), founder of the Imperial War Graves Commission and sometime Director of Education in the Transvaal. With the later bookplate and ownership details of Grattan Wheaton OAM; loosely inserted are two colour photographs of the battlefield at Spion Kop (dated 2000 and inscribed on the verso by Wheaton).
Octavo, xvi, 1010, [1, tipped-in publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets] pages with numerous maps, diagrams and graphs plus 58 pages of plates.
Cloth a little marked and flecked (but confined mainly to the spine); top edge lightly marked; light marginal crease to a few early leaves; leading margin of one section (pages 833-64) tending to curl inwards near the top and bottom; these are... Read complete entry
This official medical history of Australia in the First World War is complete in three volumes; they were first published in 1930 (reprinted in 1938), 1940 and 1943 respectively. For obvious reasons, the two volumes published while Australia was fighting the Second World War are singularly scarce (indeed, the third volume is rare by any definition).
Melbourne (Volume 1) and Canberra, Australian War Memorial, 1938 (second edition)/ 1930, 1940 and 1943.
Octavo, three 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; 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 p
Dark blue cloth very lightly marked, with a trifling blemish to a few letters of the title on the spine of the first volume; endpapers a little foxed and offset; edges a little foxed, with occasional light foxing to the text; foxing notwithstanding,... Read complete entry
And it doesn't stop there: EACH VOLUME IS INSCRIBED, SIGNED AND DATED BY THE AUTHOR. The first two volumes are inscribed on the half-title thus: 'A. Graham Butler. Canberra Nov 18th 1942'. The third volume is inscribed on the front flyleaf: 'A. Graham Butler. Austn War Memorial. Canberra ACT. Oct 6th 1943'. These volumes are the medical companion to the twelve-volume 'Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-1918'. All three volumes are scarce; the third volume must be deemed rare; and until we sold a very indifferent set with Butler family provenance a year ago, we had not seen nor even heard of any signed volumes before. 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 313-315 and 737-739. None of these tackle the pagination, let alone the plate count, and we fully understand why this is so. We thought we had got it right in the Braga Catalogue, but alas no. The above details are a great improvement, but we stand to be corrected (and more power to you!). For the record, the title pages of the three volumes of the history give the following information, for what it's worth: 'With 228 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 1); 'With 212 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 2); and 'With 85 illustrations, graphs, and diagrams' (Volume 3). Last, and probably least, we suggest that the only difference between the first and second editions of Volume 1 is that the errata slip on page xi in the former is no longer required, as the eight corrections have been made to the text in the second edition.
Melbourne (Volume 1) and Canberra, Australian War Memorial, 1938 (second edition)/ 1930, 1940 and 1943.
Octavo, three 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 4 diagrams, 8 graphs, 16 maps (including 2 double-page maps) and 128 plates; 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; and xx, 1103 pages
Dark blue cloth (uniformly matched in colour) very lightly flecked and rubbed, with the spine of the first volume slightly cockled; all edges of Volume 2, the top edge of Volume 1, and their endpapers and a few adjacent leaves a little foxed;... Read complete entry
The medical companion to the twelve-volume 'Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-1918'; all volumes are scarce (and the third volume must be deemed rare). 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 313-315 and 737-739. None of these tackle the pagination, let alone the plate count, and we fully understand why this is so. We thought we had got it right in the Braga Catalogue, but alas no. The above details are a great improvement, but we stand to be corrected (and more power to you!). For the record, the title pages of the three volumes of the history give the following information, for what it's worth: 'With 228 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 1); 'With 212 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 2); and 'With 85 illustrations, graphs, and diagrams' (Volume 3). Last, and probably least, we suggest that the only difference between the first and second editions of Volume 1 is that the errata slip on page xi in the former is no longer required, as the eight corrections have been made in the second edition.
Quarto; decorated papered boards; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper slightly rubbed and with a few very short closed tears.
The second of Cairns' four books on Vietnam, this copy is inscribed 'For Peace' and signed by the author. Prolific writer Jim Cairns was an Australian Labour politician who considered himself neither 'a humanist nor a socialist' (although he was for a short while Deputy Prime Minister during the Whitlam government).
Original green cloth with red decorations and gilt lettering on the spine and front cover; a fine copy with the dustwrapper slightly torn and chipped with trifling loss to the front panel, with the spine a little rubbed, marked and chipped with a... Read complete entry
The first English edition of this classic work (although the author published an earlier edition in English in Japan in 1905). 'Written in the fifth century BC, Suntzu and Wutzu still remain the most celebrated works of war in the literature of China. While the chariot has gone, and the weapons have changed, these ancient masters have held their own, since they deal chiefly with the fundamental principles of war, with the influence of politics and human nature on military operations; and they show in a most striking way how unchanging these principles are' (introduction). Everard Ferguson Calthrop (1876-1915) served in the Boer War and the Foreign Service in Japan; he was killed in action at Ypres, having attained the rank of Lieut.-Colonel.
London, Viking, 1989 [revised and expanded edition]/ 1972.
Thick octavo; papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
This revised edition contains over 350 more pages than the 1972 edition; 'within the ambit of this book the opening of the archives compells and facilitates a reassessment of the politics of appeasement in the 1930s... [and] loosens tongues and sharpens pens ...'.
Octavo; cloth; a few tiny abrasions to the top edge of the front flyleaves (due to an excess of glue; a publishing flaw); a fine copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed and slightly chipped with very slight loss.
With the partially-erased pencilled ownership signature (and annotations) of [Sir] Walter Crocker, and a few of his (unerased) pencilled emphases in the text.
Small quarto; pictorial card covers slightly rubbed; leading edge slightly marked; ownership stamp on the title page, two other pages and the bottom edge (all partially whited-out); trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
Octavo; cloth; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased, chipped and torn with very slight loss.
With a loosely inserted compliments slip from the author, and the pencilled ownership signature of Sir Walter Crocker, and his occasional pencilled emphases and annotations, and some related newspaper clippings. Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey (1890-1976) engineer, diplomat, politician and Governor-General (1965-1969), he was head of the Australian legation in Washington in 1940, and in 1942, 'United Kingdom minister of state in the Middle East, based in Cairo ... [and from January 1944] governorship of Bengal' (ADB).
Quarto; decorated papered boards; extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; very small label mark to the flyleaf; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly bumped, rubbed and torn (with unobtrusive tape repairs to the verso).
They are mounted on one side of a large sheet of thick paper (405 x 285 mm, possibly removed from a loose-leaf album), now folded across the middle, well clear of the images. They are captioned on the mount (somewhat more recently) with a silver felt-... Read complete entry
The first one shows him arriving, standing in the rear of an open vehicle. In the second one, he is seen addressing the huge crowd from the steps of the Town Hall. His informal speech, a warning against complacency, was widely reported at the time. The full text is readily accessible online. It finished thus: 'Our enemies are very powerful. They have many millions of soldiers. They have millions of prisoners, whom they in many cases use like slaves. They have rich lands which they have conquered, they have large, gifted populations in their grip. They have a theme of their own, which is the Nazi theme of tyranny and domination of a race in the shameful idolatry of a single man, a base man, elevated almost to the stature of a god by his demented and degraded worshippers. They have this idea of the suppression of the individual citizen, man and woman, to be a mere chattel of a State machine. All this, in our view, is at stake. But our enemies are powerful. They consider they will have the strength to wear us out even if they cannot beat us down. Their hope is now to prolong the struggle so that perhaps differences will arise between friends and allies, so that perhaps the democracies they despise and whom they underrate will weary of the war. All these are their hopes, so I say to you here in Bradford, what I said when I was last here nearly thirty years ago: 'Let us go forward together and put these grave matters to the proof''.
London, 1941 (the first volume, first edition) and Melbourne, 1942 to 1947 [Volumes 2-6, all first Australian editions].
Octavo; six volumes; cloth; occasional light flecks and bumps; top edge of Volume 5 foxed; Volume 2 lacks the leaf of (two) plates facing page 152; an excellent run with dustwrappers on all but the first volume (the last four a little chipped, the... Read complete entry
Octavo, xiv, 248 pages with 5 comparative graphs and 17 maps plus 22 plates.
Cloth bumped and lightly worn at the extremities, with minor restoration to the head and foot of the spine; acidic paper brittle and uniformly discoloured as ever; minimal restoration of edge chips to the front flyleaf and one text leaf; a very good... Read complete entry
Dornbusch 305; Fielding and O'Neill, page 229; Trigellis-Smith 241.
Large octavo, xviii, 283 pages with 11 maps and diagrams plus 84 plates and endpaper charts.
Synthetic cloth; a very fine copy with the dustwrapper lightly marked, with trifling surface chips to the extremities.
Scarce in any condition (approximately 600 copies only were printed). This copy has the number 369 in ink on the front flyleaf and half-title, and an indecipherable signature (dated 24 April 1972) on the half-title. We strongly suspect this is the name of a member of the battalion, one of the original subscribers, and that the date was the day the book was published. This copy is also signed by two of the authors, Gordon Combe, Frank Ligertwood, as well as John Dowie, the well-known artist, who was a member of the battalion. He is mentioned in the introduction as being responsible 'for the dust jacket and several of the illustrations'.
Large octavo, xviii, 283 pages with 11 maps and diagrams plus 84 plates and endpaper charts.
Synthetic cloth; edges very lightly foxed; essentially a fine copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities.
The tiny ownership label of the military book dealer Ken White is on the half-title. Loosely inserted is the original prospectus, minus the detachable order form; it states that the book will be published 'in a restricted edition'. We believe this to be not more than 600 copies; the infrequency with which it turns up certainly seconds this proposal. Trigellis-Smith 414.
Large octavo; synthetic cloth; a fine copy with the slightly rubbed dustwrapper.
One of only approximately 600 copies printed; this copy has the ownership signature of Sergeant Rex Kidman, and a small adhesive label giving his service details with the Battalion. Loosely inserted is dinner menu card (4 pages) for 18 Platoon 'D' Company, held at the Majestic Hotel, Adelaide, 21 September 1940; the last page is signed in ink by 25 attendees.
Auckland, printed for Miss I. Oldfield and C.R. Howell, [1945, circa June].
262 x 133 mm, a drop-title handbill printed both sides, with a portrait of the Hon. H.G.R. Mason, the New Zealand Minister of Justice, on the first page.
Newsprint, a little discoloured and creased, with a tiny tear expertly closed; in excellent condition.
The second page is headlined 'An Atrocity at Home. The Case of Harold McAuley'. The leaflet decries the ill-treatment of McAuley, a 'Conscientious Objector who has been in Detention Camp or in Prison since January, 1942'. The title headline refers to Mason.
Papered boards lightly marked near the bottom edge of the front board; an excellent copy with the unclipped dustwrapper with a 20mm tear to the foot of the hinge of the rear flap and with the laminate a little discoloured (mainly at the edges).
The third in the series of Richard Sharpe's adventures at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
Papered boards; tiny surface blemish to the bottom 10 mm of the front hinge; top edge very lightly marked; an excellent copy with the unclipped dustwrapper very lightly bumped at the head of the spine.
The second in the series of Richard Sharpe's adventures at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.