• # 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.

  • # 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 …

  • # 20513

    DINNING, Hector

    Nile to Aleppo. With the Light-Horse in the Middle-East (signed copy?)

    Illustrated by James McBey. London : George Allen & Unwin, 1920. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth (corners a little bumped), tipped-in colour frontispiece, pp. 287, colour and black and white plates, a very good copy. Pencil signature ‘Dinning’ to endpaper, possibly the author’s signature (unverified). An account of the Australian Light Horse in the First World War. …

  • # 20648

    Magic welcome to China

    Nanking : Reproduced by Engineer Section, Army Advisory Group, Nanking, China, circa 1946. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (spine a little chipped, previous owner’s name to upper wrapper), pp. 88, illustrated with sketches by Gyula Singer, a little toned but a good copy. A locally printed guide book for American troops stationed in Nanking. “At the end of …

  • # 20661


    Handwritten invitation to a party in Kure, Japan, during Australian military occupation, 1948.

    The YWCA of Kure invite you to a Japanese afternoon on Sat 20 Nov 3.00 to 4.30 pm. This Function is part of our YWCA world fellowship week. Japanese paper with woodblock printed decoration, 235 x 115mm, with manuscript invitation in English (to Mrs Argyle), written vertically and initialed in Japanese characters at the foot; …

  • # 20750

    McCRAE, Dorothy Frances

    The clear call

    Melbourne : George Robertson & Company, [1915]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 40, occasional foxing. Wartime poetry about ANZAC troops following Gallipoli.

  • # 20072

    HSU, Shushi

    The North China problem

    Prepared under the auspices of the Council of International Affairs, Nanking. Shanghai : Kelly & Walsh, 1937. Octavo, paper wrappers with pasted on title (rubbed to spine), pp. [vi]; 112, internally clean. Concerns the Japanese invasion of Manchuria.

  • # 19431

    SHUCK, Jehu Lewis (1812-1863)

    Portfolio Chinensis : or, A collection of authentic Chinese state papers illustrative of the history of the present position of affairs in China.

    With a translation, notes and introduction. Macao : Printed by the Translator at the New Washington Press of F. F. de Cruz, 1840. Octavo, marbled paper wrappers; discrete private collection stamp of G.D. Musso to title page, pp xvi, 191; most of the Chinese is printed from woodblocks, with one edict by Governor Lin Tse-hsu …

  • # 19432

    NYE, Gideon (1812-1888)

    Peking the goal, the sole hope of peace : a lecture delivered before the Canton community on the evening of April 14th 1873.

    Also titled: Peking the goal, the sole hope of peace. Comprising an inquiry into the origin of the pretension of universal supremacy by China and into the causes of the first war: with incidents of the imprisonment of the foreign community and of the first campaign of Canton. 1841. Canton : s.n., 1873. Small quarto, original …

  • # 19665


    The Trafalgar Bicentenary. The age of Nelson, Wellington and Napoleon

    London : Christie’s 2005. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 373, extensively illustrated. Landmark auction catalogue of the Napoleonic era.

  • # 19867


    My own war in Malaya

    s.l. : s.n., [1946]. Octavo, maroon buckram over boards (rubbed and lightly marked), upper board lettered in gilt (dulled), pp [8], 183, with 6 double-page sketch maps; a presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free-endpaper ‘To Buttercup and Victor, Best wishes, Denis. 29.1.46’; laid in at the front of the book are …