Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 ^[series cover title of the complete twelve-volume set]^
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1935, 1936 (two volumes), 1937, 1938 (four volumes), 1939 (three volumes) and 1942 (one volume); the sixth volume is the first edition of 1942, the others are mixed editions ranging from the third to the eleventh.
Octavo, twelve volumes, each approximately 700 pages with numerous maps plus plates.
Original maroon cloth; two volumes (4 and 5) are very lightly flecked; five volumes have lightly offset or foxed endpapers; basically this is a very fine matched set in all respects (with the last volume even retaining its original plain paper dustwrapper, with a few short tears expertly sealed).
The background story to this epic work, and the groundbreaking role Charles Bean played in it, are too well-known to be retold here. Suffice to say, this history will continue to stand the test of time. Complete sets, in mixed editions, are not rare (indeed, some volumes were reprinted upwards of fifteen times), but sets in pristine condition such as this one most definitely are. Dornbusch 209 (the complete set), 353 (Volumes 1-2), 294-297 (Volumes 3-6), 391 (Volume 7), 374 (Volume 10), 219 (Volume 11) and 223 (Volume 12); Fielding and O'Neill, page 208 (the complete set); Trigellis-Smith 725-36 (the complete set). Dornbusch often provides useful information about dates of reprints and revised editions. [12 items].