London, [Her Majesty's Stationery Office], September 1854.
A very large lithographed map (printed surface approximately 625 x 1250 mm) printed in black, blue and brown, dissected into 24 panels and mounted on linen (folding down to 220 x 150 mm), mounted on the inside rear surface of green cloth-covered boards stamped in blind and lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover (as issued). A printed advertisement for other 'Maps of the Seat of War prepared under the direction' of Major Jervis is mounted on the front pastedown; a small 'Map of the Seat of War fo
Cloth unevenly faded, and a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities; inoffensive stains to the map along one horizontal fold and in the blank upper margin; advertisement slightly nibbled at one edge; overall in very good condition.
This is a half-scale reduction, printed on two sheets, of a larger map in ten sheets adapted and translated by Major Jervis from a Russian military map of the Crimean Peninsula; it includes an inset map of Sevastopol harbour (printed surface approximately 145 x 260 mm). The printed advertisement for the maps ('for the use of the Staff and Officers of the Allied Armies and the Government') includes both these versions, as well as two other maps of the Crimean theatre. This version is advertised at 10s, or 15s mounted in case (as is this copy). A blind-stamped motto in a blank portion of the map proclaims that 'Geography, while it explores the darkest recesses of nature, should light up the darkest retreats of humanity' (perhaps as issued - we have traced another copy of this map with the same legend - or should that be myth?).
Large quarto, lxx, 327 pages with over 240 plates.
Cloth; flyleaves slightly offset (with an ownership inscription and one crease to the front one); an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned, chipped with slight loss and torn (with associated creasing).
Kent Town, Wakefield Press, 2016/ 2012 [revised and expanded edition].
Octavo, [viii], 360 pages.
Laminated coloured pictorial card covers; mint.
Signed by the editor, Robert Brokenmouth, and now out of print. Not least, an eyewitness account of slow, low-flying day-bombers in the Second Tactical Air Force over Occupied Europe. This fully annotated edition, greatly expanded from the 222-page original, features several entirely new chapters, a new introduction by editor Robert Brokenmouth and a memoir of the author by his daughter Kerry McCouat. This is the first time 'They Hosed Them Out' (aka 'Rear Gunner') has been published under the author's real name.
Melbourne, Wilke [for the Author], 1935 (second, revised and enlarged, edition)/ 1935.
Octavo, 56 pages plus 2 pages of plates.
Cloth; a fine copy.
Inscribed and signed in January 1936 by the author to Sir Edward Cunningham (1859-1957), for many years editor of The Argus, and 'one of the best known and most highly respected figures in Australian journalism' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed from the author to Cunningham, dated October 1935, relating to errors in the first edition. A number of self-adhesive slips with further additions and corrections to the second edition are loosely inserted. The prelude states: 'Many years ago, when I was in the British Royal Army Medical Corps, I was asked to write a record of my experiences at Dundee, where I was officially ordered to remain to look after the dangerously wounded officers and men, and thus I fell under the control of the Boer Forces'. Having recently turned 80, he felt it time to finally put pen to paper. One of the enclosures describes it as 'a faint and pleasant echo of times that were deemed stirring in their day'. Not in Dornbusch; Fielding and O'Neill, page 132; not in Hackett.
London, George Allen and Unwin, 1976 (first edition).
Octavo; papered boards; foot of the spine very slightly sunned; edges very slightly marked; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper with the spine lightly sunned, and the head of the spine slightly creased and torn with trifling loss.
London, For the Council of the Friends Ambulance Unit by George Allen and Unwin, 1947 (first edition).
Octavo, xi, [i] (blank) 494 pages plus a frontispiece, 6 maps and 34 pages of plates.
Textured cloth slightly rubbed; edges and endpapers slightly foxed and marked; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper a little creased, marked, chipped and torn with slight loss.
Loosely inserted are two related pamphlets; the FAU Register of members' names and addresses for 1939-1946, and for Post-War Service 1946-1948 (plus a supplement and a mimeographed letter). Also loosely inserted is a mimeographed list of members names (dated 1954), and another pamphlet, 'The Religious Society of Friends in New Zealand. Quakers. List of Meetings, Members and Adherents, April 1968'. The official history of the unit; 'a unique record of what can be achieved when, in a world at war, 800 young men and women have the opportunity to organize themselves for the service of their fellow men ... the unit's activities in medical work on the field of battle, in remote clinics among backward peoples, in the relief and rehabilitation of civilian victims of war ... by 1946 its members, young Quaker pacifists and others of like mind, had seen service in 25 different countries ...'.
Octavo, 228 pages with 12 illustrations and 16 maps plus 18 plates and the printed front endpaper.
Colour-pictorial cloth a little worn at the extremities and along the rear hinge (now with minimal restoration to the spine); rear board cracked down the centre, but still firm; acidic paper brittle and discoloured as ever, with trifling chips and... Read complete entry
Dornbusch 310; Fielding and O'Neill, page 227; Trigellis-Smith 226.
Adelaide, Department of Repatriation, 1919 (second edition)/ 1919.
Octavo, viii (last blank), 90 (last blank) pages with 26 illustrations (after photographs, on 14 leaves, versos blank) plus a double-page folding map.
Original wrappers with a vignette silhouette of a Light Horseman on the front cover; bottom corner lightly bumped throughout; trifling signs of handling; essentially a fine copy with a contemporary ink signature (M.T.B. Tapp?) on the inside front... Read complete entry
Charles Duguid (1884-1986), a Scottish-born doctor, was appointed captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps, Australian Imperial Force, in February 1917. 'He treated casualties in the Middle East (March-July) before returning to Australia in a hospital ship. His AIF appointment terminated on 5 October' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The book was written in honour of 'Scotty', his brother William George Duguid. He was an original member of the 8th Light Horse Regiment, and served in Gallipoli, but had transferred to the 3rd Light Horse when he was killed in action on 19 April 1917, near Aseifiyeh. The author's foreword recounts in pathetic detail the circumstances of his death. This classic war memoir went through four editions in less than six months; in spite of that, this title is elusive, and fine copies of the true first edition are utterly rare. In forty years, we have not had a copy of the third edition (and the State Library of South Australia does not have that edition either), but the following information, not at all well-known, has been gleaned from copies of the other editions we have handled. The second and fourth editions are identified as such on the front cover (which also states 'Proceeds in Aid of Light Horse Memorial', replacing a small printer's device on the first edition cover). The first edition has the acknowledgements on page iii, and no testimonials; the second edition has a testimonial from Blackburn VC on page iii, with the acknowledgements on the verso; the fourth edition has testimonials from Blackburn VC and 'A Permanently Incapacitated Light Horseman' on page iii, with the acknowledgements on the verso. The fourth edition has approximately 40 more pages than the first two editions merely because it has been set in larger type. Some idea of the rapidity with which these editions appeared may be appreciated from the following: the Blackburn testimonial is dated 10 February 1919, the other testimonial is dated 6 March 1919, the State Library of SA has a copy of the fourth edition signed and dated by the author on 2 June 1919, and the processing date of the State Library's first edition is 29 April 1919. Read it and you'll understand why it struck a chord. Dornbusch 387; not in Fielding and O'Neill; Trigellis-Smith 263.
Octavo, xvi, 262 pages plus a frontispiece portrait and Unwin's Colonial List 1907 bound in at the rear (16 pages plus the printed wrappers).
Green and brown decorated cloth slightly marked, with the spine lightly sunned; top edge a little foxed; endpapers offset; acidic catalogue paper uniformly discoloured; an excellent copy.
The author's account of his military service in India and South Africa, which culminated in his imprisonment and discharge. 'A victim of pseudo-discipline in the army, and reduced to the ranks without a chance to defend himself, he has written a work intended to be destructive' of the British system of military law. The title leaf is a cancel, so presumably the sheets are from the Francis Griffiths edition of the same year. A scarce work, with neither edition recorded by Hackett in his comprehensive 1994 work, 'South African War Books. An Illustrated Bibliography of English Language Publications relating to the Boer War of 1899-1902'.
Quarto; cloth lightly rubbed; bottom edge lightly sunned; one corner slightly bumped; initial leaves crinkled due to publisher's laid-down labels; a very good copy with the slightly rubbed dustwrapper.
Loosely inserted are two Australian Army maps of the Xuyen Moc region, where the Battalion was based. One map has some movements and activities from May 1971 marked in ink ('Left for ambush', 'Flown out by helicopter ...').
Edinburgh, 'Published for the Association of Lowland Scots by Oliver and Boyd', 1925.
Octavo, two volumes, xxviii, 434 pages with 12 maps plus 13 plates and 5 folding maps; and xii, 435-826 pages with 12 maps plus 22 pages of plates and 6 folding maps.
Cloth with the Regimental crest blind-stamped on the front covers; top edges gilt, others uncut; covers a little rubbed, marked and bumped; 1944 gift inscription in both volumes; top corner creases to a short run of leaves at the rear of the first... Read complete entry
Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, [May] 1981 [first edition].
Large octavo, [xii] (first leaf and last page blank), 326 pages with a frontispiece portrait, 6 maps and 6 full-page illustrations by Robert Juniper.
Synthetic cloth; short split to the head of the front hinge; personalized commercial bookplate on the half-title; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly sunned on (and very lightly bumped at the head of) the spine.
Signed by Albert Facey on the title page. When he was 86, Facey published 'the autobiography that made him and his life famous. His ordinariness and decency, and the enjoyment he took from a life that by the usual standards was far from fortunate, endeared him to his fellow Australians. The style of the book passed beyond plainness into an elemental purity' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This casebound first edition is very scarce (we have previously sold a copy with an original order form indicating a print run of only 500). Signed copies are very rare, as Albert Facey died on 11 February 1982, only nine months after the book was published.
Octavo; boards a little bumped and rubbed; gift inscription to a member of the unit; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little torn and chipped, with slight loss.
'This volume contains a full collection of all newsletters issued by the 2/23 Australian Infantry Battalion, 'Albury's Own', 9th Division, from December 1941 until August 1945, and was written and composed by the officers and men of the Battalion while on active service'.
Octavo; papered boards slightly bumped and sunned at the extremities; top edge a little foxed; ownership stamp; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little foxed (chiefly on the rear panel) and slightly torn and rubbed.
Quarto; pictorial wrappers; short leading edge tears to the second half (four leaves and the rear cover); a very good copy.
A souvenir programme for the 'unique, uncensored film from the National Archives ... edited, and narrated in person' by Captain George Deane Mitchell MC DCM. + 'Sons of the Anzacs' (Sydney, 1945; octavo; a very good copy; a souvenir programme for this Australian Government film prepared from footage by Parer, Hurley and others). [2 items].
Small octavo;  pages including the Bill of Fare and a fresh poem by Bernard O'Dowd, ribbon-bound in a colour pictorial card cover with 'Coo-ee!' by Louis Waxman on the outside rear; hinge just starting to split; an excellent copy... Read complete entry
Card covers a little rubbed, creased, sunned and marked; canted spine a little chipped and torn with a little loss; a very good copy.
'It is not my intention to be drawn into any newspaper controversy either about what is contained in this book ... or about the notes and appendix matter I have added to it. My friend and collaborator, John P. Fletcher, is at present serving, as a conscientious objector under the English Military Service Act, a term of two years' imprisonment ...on his release any criticisms of this book will receive from us the attention they deserve.' John Francis Hills (1867-1948); in 1912 Hills and a visiting English Friend, J. P. Fletcher, founded the Australian Freedom League to campaign against compulsory military training. The league quickly extended to other States and at one time claimed 50,000 members. Hills spoke often at public meetings and even paraded in a sandwich board at Victoria Park racecourse. The league was disbanded soon after the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Of his many pamphlets the most powerful probably was 'Child Conscription: Our Country's Shame' (1912) which not only condemned military training but, implicitly, war itself. These themes were reiterated in the small book Hills and Fletcher wrote in 1915, 'Conscription Under Camouflage', which was not published until 1919.' (ADB).
Octavo; decorated cloth; spine slightly darkened and bumped; period ownership details; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper (by Charles J. Mazoujian) slightly rubbed, creased and torn with slight (chiefly surface) loss, and slight foxing... Read complete entry
Illustrated by Charles J. Mazoujian. Number 6 in the Landmark Books series.
Octavo; coloured pictorial papered boards; extremities slightly rubbed; endpapers offset and slightly marked; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased, marked and worn with slight loss.
Collected material connected with the Ministry of Information's 'Careless Talk Costs Lives' campaign. Includes the stamp. Contemporary ownership details. Fougasse is the pseudonym of Cyril Kenneth BIRD.
Quarto,  pages (erratically numbered to 174) of processed (stencilled) typescript with numerous line illustrations throughout; two processed pages of verse ('What is a Boy?' and 'Advice to Contributors') are mounted on the front endpapers.
Quarter cloth and papered boards with a large colour plate by Leyshon White (of a Digger sniffing a flower) mounted on the front cover; covers a little marked; slight margin silverfish damage to the plate; small ownership stamp to the front cover,... Read complete entry
The Fourth Division Army Medical Corps comprised the 4th, 12th, and 13th Field Ambulances, but this compilation is not just a record of fallen comrades, but 'a remarkably rich work, not just an anthology of digger verse, song, and illustration but an extensive record of Australian war service, including the Anglo-Boer War. In addition to the requisite chronology of the Great War, the volume includes laboriously compiled records of the entire AIF giving every unit in all divisions, the principal engagements, casualties, etc; a detailed record of the Nursing Service; a detailed record of the Australian Navy and the RANB in the war; details of warship and mercantile marine losses; number and name of every transport requisitioned by the Australian Navy with complements of officers and men (and horses); honour rolls of the 4th, 12th, and 13th Field Ambulances; etc. The Boer War section includes details of enlistments, principal actions, casualties, as well as South African War songs and verses (and printings of these are especially elusive). The illustrations are by, among others, Hal Gye, Cecil Hartt, and Leyshon White' (quoting Trove quoting an unidentified 'Bookseller's description'). Dornbusch 241; Trigellis-Smith 330.
Quarto,  pages (erratically numbered to 174) of processed (stencilled) typescript with numerous line illustrations throughout.
Quarter cloth and papered boards with a large colour plate by Leyshon White (of a Digger sniffing a flower) mounted on the front cover; covers a little rubbed and lightly worn at the extremities; 4th Division AMC Association rubber-stamp on the... Read complete entry
The Fourth Division Army Medical Corps comprised the 4th, 12th, and 13th Field Ambulances; this compilation is not just a record of fallen comrades, but 'a remarkably rich work, not just an anthology of digger verse, song, and illustration but an extensive record of Australian war service, including the Anglo-Boer War. In addition to the requisite chronology of the Great War, the volume includes laboriously compiled records of the entire AIF giving every unit in all divisions, the principal engagements, casualties, etc.; a detailed record of the Nursing Service; a detailed record of the Australian Navy and the RANB in the war; details of warship and mercantile marine losses; number and name of every transport requisitioned by the Australian Navy with complements of officers and men (and horses); honour rolls of the 4th, 12th, and 13th Field Ambulances; etc. The Boer War section includes details of enlistments, principal actions, casualties, as well as South African War songs and verses (and printings of these are especially elusive). The illustrations are by, among others, Hal Gye, Cecil Hartt, and Leyshon White' (quoting Trove, quoting an unidentified 'Bookseller's description'). Dornbusch 241; not in Fielding and O'Neill; Trigellis-Smith 330.
Folio, x, 350 pages with maps and hundreds of illustrations (from photographs).
Papered boards; a fine copy with the lightly rubbed and scuffed dustwrapper.
Inscribed and signed by the author. Compiled from letters, diaries and manuscripts; the illustrations are predominantly portraits. Offered with an excellent copy of the 1993 Supplementary Edition (16 pages in card covers, consisting primarily of portraits of members of the battalion, many of whom had died in action, discovered in State Records after the major work had been published). Trigellis-Smith 247 (not noting the Supplementary Edition).
London, Medici Society, 1929/ 1901, 1929/ 1903, 1972/ 1939 and Frederick Warne, 1980/ 1961.
Large octavo, four volumes, xx, 438 pages plus 19 plates and 11 maps (several folding and in colour); xxiv, 346 pages plus 12 plates and 9 maps (several folding and in colour); xx, 522 pages plus 38 plates; and xvi, 422 pages plus 15 plates (and all four volumes contain numerous illustrations).
Cloth slightly rubbed at the extremities; minimal foxing to the first two volumes; a few trifling endpaper blemishes; an excellent set, lacking only the First World War volume from the run.
Quarto, 264 pages with over 200 illustrations plus 12 colour plates and pictorial endpapers by Thomas Maybank, Geoffrey Watson, Captain FleminG-Williams RAF, F.H. Mason and W.H. Holloway.
Quarter dark green cloth and colour pictorial papered boards slightly rubbed; two very small scuffs (with slight surface loss) to the front cover (not affecting the main image); edges slightly worn and chipped with slight loss; leaves uniformly tanned... Read complete entry
The first edition of the first book in the series. The cover (by Watson) depicts a Sopwith Triplane Scout; the endpapers (by Maybank) are after the style of Heath-Robinson.