Some idea of the extent of her prodigious efforts may be found on the 'exetermemories' website: 'The Mayoress was a formidable fund raiser and organiser, having raised £400 since the outbreak of war, to purchase bags of food for the soldiers passing through Exeter by rail. In February 1915 she, and four other ladies were supplying a bag with a large sandwich, two pieces of cake, orange or banana and a pack of cigarettes to every soldier from the platform of Exeter's stations. They had supplied food to 12 to 13,000 soldiers between September and January'. ^The collection commences with a typed letter signed by General (later Field Marshal) Sir William Birdwood, dated 3 October 1919 from AIF Administrative Headquarters in Horseferry Road, thanking Lady Owen on behalf of the Commonwealth Government and of the AIF (quarto, embossed with the Royal Coat of Arms, Westminster, folded for posting and lightly creased). 'Dear Lady Owen ... Your personal interest and ability have, I am sure been largely responsible for the efficiency of the Buffet service at the Exeter Railway Station, which has been so welcome to our troops - both arriving in and departing from England'. It is followed by a typed letter with similar content signed by Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, dated 6 November 1919, overstamped '7 November 1919' (foolscap folio, on the AIF Repatriation and Demobilisation Department letterhead, folded for posting, and lightly creased and rubbed). He expands on Birdwood's sentiments: 'Frequent comment has been made by the A.I.F. troops who have passed through Exeter, clearly indicating that the work of your Committee has ... materially added to their comfort on the rail journey'. ^The balance of the collection comprises a typed letter signed by Brigadier General Thomas Griffiths on behalf of General Birdwood, dated 20 September 1918, forwarding an 'AIF Order' (small octavo, the first page of a bifolium, on AIF Administrative Headquarters letterhead, folded once for posting); a printed 'Australian Imperial Force (List No. 387). Extracts from 'The London Gazette' [of 16 September 1918]', issued by 'Headquarters, Australian Imperial Force, In the Field, 20th September, 1918', commending Lady Owen (as 'Owen, Mrs J.K.G., Aust. Vol. Worker') for 'valuable services rendered ... for the benefit of the Naval and Military Forces' (presumably this is the aforementioned 'AIF Order' - foolscap folio, folded for posting and a little torn and creased, complete with the original blank envelope); and two documents, both dated 19 October 1916, confirming the registrations of the 'Mayoress of Exeter's Fund (Soldiers and Sailors Comforts)' and 'Mayoress of Exeter's Fund (Hospitality)' under the War Charities Act by the Exeter City Council (quarto, forms printed rectos only and completed by hand in ink, each signed by the town clerk). Photocopies of three newspaper articles relating to the Owens and their 'unobtrusive solicitude for the fighting men of the Empire' are also included in the lot. [6 main items].
Lengthy captions in pencil on the verso of each photograph are most illuminating, not least because they were inscribed by an Australian soldier in Jerusalem shortly after the fall. He is possibly a member of the 4th Light Horse Brigade, and accordingly a veteran of the famous charge at Beersheba (see below). One of his most important observations is that the photographs were produced by 'the Turkish army photographer who was left behind in Jerry and now sells the prints to us deluded fools at a bondman price'. These comments are among others written on the verso of a photograph of Australian prisoners of war: 'Some of our cavalry, looking pretty dejected, poor devils, at Jerusalem Station. The officer is ours, too. Note the jacko wounded in the rear'. We have traced only one other example of five of these photographs (albeit cropped differently), and two different variants of the sixth, in two named collections in the Library of Congress. The main repository is a pair of albums compiled by John Whiting (image numbers 75, 87, 116 ['Australians captured at Shellal'], 151, 179, and 205 [a variant image]; all of these prints are of an image a centimetre to the right and a centimetre lower than the six on offer). The source of the other variant image is the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection. An informative (but not entirely accurate) online article by Issam Nassar, 'John Whiting's Album of the Great War in Palestine', gives details of Jerusalem's American Colony and the photography department it opened in 1898; 'Whiting, along with others including Eric Matson, was one of its leading photographers ... [and Whiting] might be the one who shot most, if not all, of the photographs in the albums'. The captions on this small group of photographs tell a different, more complete, and much more nuanced, story. For example, Whiting's prosaic caption on his number 179, '6th Cavalry Squadron', is more accurately described thus: 'Jacko cavalry on the edge of the plain our 4th L.H. Bde charged over into Beersheba. Taken two days before our attack'. Whiting has on number 205 'Last review by Jamal [sic] Pasha & Von Kress in Jer.', while our almost 70-word account commences with 'Review by Jemal Pasha, Jacko C. in C. on the open ground just south of Jerusalem and on part of which I am at present camped. X is now used as our army post office ...'. All in all, the annotations run to nearly 340 words, not all of them complimentary, no matter what the nationality. In one instance, he writes that 'These pictures will illustrate the fact that we are fighting an army on this front and not a mere ragged rabble as some good folk in Australia - home of the Fenian and cold feet - might be [tempted?] to think'. The photographs are clearly rare by any definition; these unvarnished observations make them uniquely desirable.
Aldershot, Gale and Polden ... at the Wellington Press, 1956.
Octavo; cloth; corners very slightly bumped; edges, flyleaves and early leaves a little foxed; ownership signature; a very good copy with the dustwrapper sunned on the spine and slightly marked and worn with trifling loss.
There are no captions, but two easily identifiable ships appear in some images - HMS Furious and HMS Gallant (a destroyer commissioned in 1936). Furious was a Courageous-class battlecruiser, laid down in June 1915 but modified to become an aircraft carrier while under construction; she was reconstructed with a full-length flight deck in the early 1920s. There is an excellent view from the air of Furious among these photographs.
Octavo, x, 408, 16 (publisher's catalogue) pages plus a double-page colour map and 11 mounted Woodburytypes.
Original gilt-decorated cloth, all edges gilt; cloth slightly flecked and a little rubbed at the extremities, with trifling wear to the head and foot of the spine; half-title heavily offset, with minimal foxing to the first few leaves; front inner... Read complete entry
Small square quarto; decorated cloth; top edge lightly foxed; an excellent copy in the dustwrapper sunned on the spine and with a small tear with a little loss to the top right corner of the rear panel.
It is a piece of white cloth (approximately 80 x 86 mm, slightly unevenly cut on all sides, with the top 6 mm turned over), printed with an unidentified emblem in the centre. This is a five-pointed white star set within, and almost to the... Read complete entry
The right-hand column of printed text can be translated as 'Enemy released under oath'; the name 'Richard Green' on the left-hand side, and the number '56' at the bottom, have been added by hand in black ink. A thorough search through information on prisoner of war relics located approximately fifty examples of means of identification of prisoners of war. The great majority are metal tags engraved with a unique identification number (often the soldier's service number), the prisoner's country of origin, and whether he is an officer or enlisted man. However, examples in institutional collections show that a bewildering range of other formats and materials (including wood, paper, bamboo, plastic and - rarely - cloth) was used; very few examples mention the prisoner by name. Our research has discovered at least three Richard Greens who were interned by the Japanese - an Australian (NX73681 Private Richard Harold Green, 2/19th Battalion, who was in Changi Prison), and two Americans (one a Captain and one a civilian, both interned in the Philippines) - and there may well have been more. We cannot assign this tag with any degree of certainty to any particular individual, or even to any particular country of imprisonment, but ongoing research makes it unlikely that it was issued to the Australian private. Recent correspondence from Dr Kaori Maekawa, one of the POW Research Network Japan members living in the Netherlands, refers to a similar item in the collection of the Netherlands Institute of War Documentation (NIOD). The small cloth tag has the same star motif and printed text ('Enemy released under oath'), with the handwritten name and number 'Zaalberg 733'. This is attached to an armband on which is written 'Interpreter, P.H. Zaalberg, M.K.K.' (the latter being possibly the institution where Zaalberg worked as an interpreter). Dr Maekawa knows of a number of cases where civilians or POWs were taken as interpreters or engineers, and were granted the status 'Released on oath' by local Japanese Military Administration authorities. Apart from the fact that this item was purchased privately in Australia some decades ago, the provenance of this prisoner-of-war identity tag remains a mystery; however, its very existence is in itself remarkable.
Octavo, xxxii, 400 (last blank),  (notes on some of the plates, with the colophon on the verso) pages with 12 maps plus 49 pages of plates and endpaper maps (a bird's-eye view of Gallipoli).
Cloth slightly rubbed, flecked and scuffed; spine sunned and mottled; corners slightly bumped (with associated light creasing to the bottom corner tip of the first dozen leaves); edges, endpapers and adjacent leaves a very good copy (internally... Read complete entry
The title page is inscribed 'From the 3rd to the 39th with best wishes, very sincerely yours, Eric Wren'. Captain Wren was an original member of the battalion who 'lost his right arm as the result of injuries received at the battle of Pozieres ... [and was awarded] the French Croix-de-Guerre' (from the 'Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer', 17 October 1916). The recipient of this book was Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Thomas Paterson (1886-1950), Commanding Officer of the 39th Battalion AIF, and the author of that battalion's history. Loosely inserted is the detached front flap of the dustwrapper. Dornbusch 345; Fielding and O'Neill, page 255; Trigellis-Smith 202.
(A) A small album (150 x 145 mm) with the hand-painted title 'Souvenir of Egypt, Palestine, Sinai, Syria. 1914 to 1919', containing 45 (originally 48) small snapshots (45 x 63 mm) loosely inserted behind captioned window mounts. Fifteen photographs are of more than passing interest. The most fascinating one, 'Beersheba Stunt', features about a dozen Light Horsemen on the move and raising dust; one saddled horse appears riderless. Others include 'Turks from Rafa. Jan 9th 1917' (the day the city fell); 'Trench. Gaza, April 19th 1917' (a major defeat; see note on postcard, quoted below); 'Bivouacs at Khan Yunis, Palestine' (two photographs); and cameliers (three photographs). The other thirty photographs are routine images of the places along the way - Cairo, Port Said, Alexandria, El-Arish - ending up with four of Homs and five of Jerusalem. ^(B) A collection of 74 loose snapshots (generally 82 x 58 mm or the reverse). Approximately 40 (30 with captions on the verso) are views, mainly of Jerusalem and surroundings. The balance have some form of military content, and all but a handful are captioned (possibly by Tom or another family member, but presumably from information supplied by Vic). About 15 depict Australian soldiers in and around Jerusalem. However, there are 15 with captions like 'Camel holders at battle of 'Gaza' 1917'; 'Prisoners from 'Nablus', Palestine'; 'Imperial Troops on the march'; 'Troops (AIF) trekking forward to action front at Amman, 'Desert of Zin''; 'Huts (Magdhaba)' and 'Bedoins [sic] of 'The bush'' (two members of the ICC roughing it). There are also seven miscellaneous photographs (four smaller, three larger) from Vic's active service life in the region, and a small group photograph sent from Epsom by Tom to Vic. ^(C) Eight contemporary portraits, four of Vic (three in uniform), and four of Tom; all eight have informative inscriptions on the verso. There is also a group portrait of signallers, presumably including Vic. ^(D) Nine commercial postcards, published in either Cairo or Jerusalem. All but one carry an extensive (and often highly informative) message from Vic to Tom; most of them are dated early March 1918. One example (reproducing a British Official Photograph) is 'No. 147. Landing stores on the coast'. Vic writes: 'This was evidently taken a long time ago up at Dir-el-Belah and was stores for the Gaza stunt. That was when we got knocked out on the 19th of April. We stayed in the reserve trenches, which were (wadis) until relieved in May 4th, then we came back to the canal. This was about 12 months ago'. ^(E) The menu from the 'First Annual Re-Union and Dinner. 14th Light Horse Regt. 1st Battalion Imperial Camel Corps. Phair's Hotel, Collins Street, Melbourne. 24th September, 1927' (card, duodecimo, 4 pages, the front cover printed, and tied with ribbons, in the regimental colours).
Two volumes, octavo; cloth; an excellent set with the dustwrappers, one volume with a few mild creases and short closed tears (with very slight surface loss), and one volume slightly sunned on the spine.
Octavo, xiv, 271,  (colophon) pages with 49 illustrations (many from photographs) plus 21 plates.
Gilt-decorated cloth, top edge gilt; front and rear covers heavily flecked; front endpaper a little marked and foxed, with trifling silverfish damage; scattered light foxing; minor signs of use; a decent copy.
The front pastedown is signed by Sergeant Major Charles Guilfoyle of the Battalion (Aldershot, February 1910), and has the rubber-stamp of 'C Company, 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers'. Loosely inserted is a contemporary group photograph (82 x 108 mm) of officers of the battalion; they are identified in ink on the surface of the print. One of them, Captain George Weldon, was killed in action at Talana Hill, on 20 October 1899; details of most of the others can be found on page 271.
Octavo; papered boards very slightly bumped; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and a little creased.
'... argues that pre-literate peoples were probably more genocidal than modern ones, and concludes that the infamous examples of mass murder in the twentieth century ... were all products of the breakdown of European order in the First World War...'.
Octavo, two volumes, xxiv, 382,  (blank), 32 (publisher's catalogue, dated 1900) pages with 7 maps and plans and numerous illustrations plus 20 plates (2 in colour); and xx, 446 pages with numerous illustrations and 3 maps (one double-page) plus 32 plates (3 in colour, one being double-page); both volumes have colour pictorial endpapers.
Original pictorial yellow cloth, leading and bottom edges uncut; corners bumped; cloth a little marked, rubbed and mottled; one plate creased; an excellent set.
A detailed account of the Boxer Rebellion by one who was present. In fact, Arnold Henry Savage Landor (1865-1924), author, traveller and adventurer, was invited to 'ride into the [Forbidden] Palace by the side of [the Russian] General Linievitch, who, being senior General, would be the first foreigner to enter the forbidden ground' (Volume 2, page 360).
Octavo, 509 pages plus 8 pages of plates (several full-page).
Cloth slightly rubbed; slight signs of handling; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little creased, chipped and torn with slight loss to the extremities.
Presentation copy. Inscribed 'For Sir Walter Crocker / with very good wishes', dated (20 September 1989) and signed by the editor. Loosely inserted are an autograph letter signed from Wilson to Crocker (sent with the book) and a rough draft of Crocker's lengthy reply (essentially a personal review of the book). The book is peppered with Crocker's pencilled emphases and underlinings (with the occasional annotation and exclamation mark); the rear flyleaf bears an enigmatic series of his pencilled notations.
London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1882.
Large quarto, two volumes, [viii] (first blank), 352 pages plus a mounted Woodburytype portrait frontispiece of Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Roberts (125 x 90 mm) and a colour-printed folding map and 5 full-page maps (3 with hand-colouring), and [vi], 274 pages plus 20 pages each containing 7 oval Woodburytype portraits (each measuring 50 x 38 mm) of the 140 officers who lost their lives, and an errata slip tipped in on the contents page.
Original gilt-decorated full maroon morocco, inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; extremities slightly rubbed; minimal offsetting to the verso of the front flyleaf and the adjacent page; essentially a fine set in superb bindings.... Read complete entry
Loosely inserted is an albumen paper photograph (170 x 110 mm) mounted on card (300 x 230 mm, with the rubber-stamp credit of the photographers T. and R. Annan of Glasgow) of the memorial tablet in Glasgow Cathedral to Major Alexander Dunlop Anderson (see Plate 1 and pages 1 and 2 of the Biographical Division).
Octavo, xvi, 464 pages with maps and numerous illustrations (some in colour).
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Inscribed and signed 'To Graham, With Kindest Regards and Best Wishes, George. FAG Tucker Lt.Col. April 1978'. Lieutenant-Colonel Tucker DSO is mentioned extensively throughout the book from his first appearance on page 297: 'At 4 pm [on 20 October 1944], Major F.A.G. Tucker of the 2/48th Battalion was promoted to the rank of lieut-colonel and given command of the 2/23rd Battalion'. + FANCKE, Dick (compiler): Mud and Blood in the Field. Second Twenty-third Australian Infantry Battalion (Hughesdale, 1984; octavo; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper; inscribed and signed 'George' [Lieutenant-Colonel F.A.G. Tucker, as above]. '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'). + SHARE, Pat and Allan KEATING (editors): Roll Call of the Second Twenty-Third Australian Infantry Battalion, 1940-1945 ([Melbourne], 1994; octavo; card covers; a fine copy). [3 items].
Quarto; papered boards; extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little rubbed, sunned, scuffed, chipped and torn with some slight loss to the extremities.
Octavo; papered boards slightly rubbed and bumped; head of the spine with a tiny closed tear; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little worn and torn with slight loss (chiefly to the top and bottom edges) and repaired from behind with tape (with... Read complete entry