Militaria

  • # 21824

    Anon.

    Illustrated manuscript letter written by a volunteer at the Easter Artillery Encampment, Middle Head, Sydney, April 1887. (A love letter to Lena Brasch?)

    Manuscript in ink, octavo bifolium (178 x 114 mm), written on [4] sides, with three vignette pen sketches; headed ‘Camp, Middle Head, 0.0 am, 13th April 1887’, addressed to Lena [Brasch?]; clean and legible, but incomplete (lacking the last 1 or 2 pages). This charming missive was written in a playful and romantic tone at …

  • # 22010

    KOS, Vladimir (1924- )

    [DP CAMP PRINTING] Strti cvetovi

    [=Broken flowers]. Lienz, Austria : Slovenska begunska tiskarna [=Slovenian Refugee Press], [c.1946]. Large octavo (200 x 150 mm), original wrappers with printed title (tiny loss at bottom corners), mimeographed text, pp 17 (excluding text on inside upper wrapper), plus [2] leaves each mimeographed on one side only in violet on lighter paper bound at front …

  • # 21581

    LINDSAY, Lionel; AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY

    Australian Red Cross Society certificate recognising service during the Great War, 1914-1919.

    [Melbourne : Australian Red Cross Society, 1919]. Lithographed sheet, 253 x 194 mm, printed in black and red, the upper half with Lionel Lindsay illustration of two Australian nurses (sewing and knitting), an Australian soldier and the Red Cross symbol; proforma document with manuscript entries, awarded to Mrs. C.R. Boyle ‘in recognition of 4 years …

  • # 21409

    Anon. [A.I.F.]

    The Australian soldiers’ guide to easy French and Arabic

    /​ compiled by a member of the original A.I.F. Cover title: Easy conversational Arabic and French for the Australian soldier … Price: Sixpence. South Melbourne : Printed by the Hilton Press Ltd., for Popular Publications Pty. Ltd., [between 1915 and 1918]. Duodecimo, original printed brown wrappers with vignette Rising Sun badge to front (lightly marked, a couple …

  • # 21406

    "THE WARDMASTER" [HOLMES, Thomas James]

    Recipes : secret, selected, practical, original : comprising the home doctor, invalid cookery, cakes, pastry etc., household recipes, toilet secrets, beverages, confectonery, etc., etc.

    Compiled by the Wardmaster. Melbourne : Veritas Publishing Co., [1924]. Octavo, original printed blue wrappers, pp [64]; a fine copy. ‘The Author’s royalties from the sale of this book go to help provide comforts for returned soldiers who are still in hospital, and are paid for that purpose to the Victorian Division of the Australian Red …

  • # 21293

    AITKEN, E. F.

    The Story of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion – Syria, Java, New Guinea, Borneo

    Melbourne: 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion Association, 1953. Octavo, gilt-lettered maroon cloth (fine), illustrated dustjacket (foxed and edges chipped), scarce. “The history of the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion from when it was raised in 1940; through its action in the Middle East and New Guinea to Borneo and final victory.”

  • # 20908

    SPECK, Catherine

    Beyond the battlefield. Women artists of the two world wars.

    London : Reaktion Books, 2014. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 279, illustrated. ‘Beyond the Battlefield provides a fascinating account of female creativity in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand during the turbulent era of twentieth-century conflict. This book looks at women artists’ unique artistic portrayal of war at the front lines, as well as …

  • # 17494

    [SEMMES, Raphael, 1809-1877]

    Photographic portrait of Captain Raphael Semmes, commander of the Confederate raider CSS Alabama.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (mount 100 x 62 mm); no photographer’s imprint, verso with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Capt. Semmes, “Privateer Alabama”, destroyed by the Kearsage [sic.], June 19th 1864’; a couple of tiny spots of foxing to the print and mount, else a fine example of this rare studio portrait. This photograph …

  • # 13571

    Draper, William, Sir; Cornish, Samuel, Sir

    A plain narrative of the reduction of Manila and the Philippine Islands

    [London? : s.n., 1763 or 1764]. Duodecimo, later cloth binding (lightly marked) rebacked in half calf, title lettered in gilt on spine; browning to endpapers; title page with former owner’s Chinese red seal stamp; pp 30; woodcut initial and tail-piece; small loss at fore-edges of title and last leaf; else a good copy. Based on internal evidence, this work …

  • # 13561

    DRAPER, William, Sir, 1721-1787

    Colonel Draper’s answer to the Spanish arguments, claiming the Galeon, and refusing payment of the Ransom Bills, for preserving Manila

    from pillage and destruction : in a Letter addressed to the Earl of Halifax, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Southern Department. London : printed for J. Dodsley, 1764. Octavo, recent half calf over cloth boards with gilt rule; spine with raised bands ruled and lettered in gilt; pp 43 (but lacking half …

  • # 21284

    HOWARD, Ian (1947 - )

    Action Man Story

    Montreal : the artist, 1976. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, 40pp. with offset lithographed photographic images and text throughout. An important early experimental artist’s book created by the Australian while completing a master’s degree in Canada. Like much of his work, this book draws on Howard background in the military, it is a stark and relevant commentary …

  • # 14223

    Izquierdo y Gutiérrez, Rafael

    Gobierno P[olitico] M[ilitar] de las Islas Visayas.

    [Manila?] : [s.n.], 1873. Broadside, folio (285 x 190 mm); text in two columns, in Spanish and Cebuano, the indigenous language of Cebu; dated in manuscript at the foot ‘Marzo, 1873, Cebú’ and initialled ‘D.P.M.’; housed in portfolio by Aquarius of London, silk boards with gilt lettered morocco label to front. An exhortation by the Governor …

  • # 21191

    FRY, Gavin

    Nolan’s Gallipoli.

    Adelaide: Rigby, 1983. Folio, green cloth over boards in dust jacket, 118 pages illustrated in colour, tiny amount of foxing to extremities, a very good copy.

  • # 21152

    [WUNDERLICH LIMITED]

    Embossed metal decorations suitable for peace celebrations.

    [Redfern, N.S.W. : Wunderlich Limited], 15 May 1919. Broadsheet with photogravure illustrations, 310 x 250 mm, printed recto only; light central horizontal fold line, short edge tears lower left and right, otherwise in good condition. ‘Leaflet advertising Wunderlich coats of arms and shields with design numbers, dimensions, and materials used. Halftone photographs show the following …

  • # 20192

    NYE, Gideon (1812-1888)

    The opium question and the Northern campaigns :

    including notices of some strictures by reviewers of the former ; and indications of the salient points of the latter, down to the Treaty of Nanking … … Canton : [s.n.], 1875. Large octavo, original printed wrappers (brittle and chipped, paper loss along spine, upper wrapper with repair), pp [20], 26, [17]-68, [14]; internally clean and …

  • # 20668

    BEAN, C. E. W. (Charles Edwin Woodrow), et al.

    The official history of Australia in the war of 1914-18. (Complete set)

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1937-1942. Various editions (2nd-9th). Twelve volumes, thick octavo (220 x 140 mm), publisher’s uniform maroon cloth boards with gilt lettered spines (bindings rubbed and most with some flecking, volume IX with bowed upper board); approximately 8,000 pages, profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates, maps; most volumes with a small amount …