Souvenir of the Great War, 1914-1919 [cover title]
Dunedin, printed, lithographed and decorated by J. Wilkie and Co. for 'The Executive of the Dunedin Peace Celebrations', 1919.
192 x 260 mm, 48 pages with numerous decorations and illustrations (some from photographs).
Overlapping card covers with a large colour pictorial title-label; front cover lightly marked; essentially a fine copy.
The first page is a printed presentation page for the Otago Boys' High School, with the recipient's name in ink and the rubber-stamp signature of the Rector of the school. The foreword, by R. Hawcridge (who wrote most of the text, and who seems to be responsible for the extensive decorations and illustrations), commences thus: 'In this concise history of the Great War no attempt has been made to write down to the level of a young child'. It is likely that the booklet was produced exclusively for the children of the various schools in the district. Although seven pages are specific to 'New Zealand's War Effort' and 'Otago's Effort', and the rest is more general, Australia features in the early section on Gallipoli. The Australian War Memorial would appear to be the only Australian institution holding copies of this item.