Militaria

  • # 16153

    HMHS NUBIA

    [SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] Group of concert programmes printed on board Hospital Ship “Nubia”, 1902-03.

    [At sea] : HMHS “Nubia”, April 1902 – July 1903. Eleven shipboard programmes, nine of which are in uniform format, being roneo-printed on both sides of a single foolscap sheet that is folded once to form [4] sides, 205 x 165 mm; one printed on both sides of a half foolscap sheet (i.e. with only 2 …

  • # 16185

    "ZEPHYR"

    Der Kaiser, Mein Got! : being a satire on the German Emperor / by Zephyr.

    [Melbourne : Gordon &​ Gotch, 1915]. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers (mild water stain at top corners), 8 pp; some pages with a few light marks and stains; a fair copy. A scarce World War One Australian satirical publication. Written in verse, its lampoons the incorrect language and bad accent of a German speaker attempting to …

  • # 16183

    Artist unknown

    Cunard liner Lusitania, torpedoed by Germans without warning May 7th 1915, 1441 lives lost, during the Great War.

    [Title from caption in the image]. [U.K. : artist unknown, 1915]. Reverse painted print on glass tile with applied mother-of-pearl shell, 178 x 178 mm, unframed; in good condition with no cracks in the glass or major blemishes, a small amount of paint loss confined to the edges. This anonymous work commemorates the infamous sinking …

  • # 16161

    HMHS NUBIA

    [SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] The Shellback. The unofficial organ of H.M.T. No. 4, H.S. Nubia. Saturday 21st February 1903.

    [Cover: The Shellback Seamen’s Charities. Price 2/6.] Also titled: The Shellback. No. 1. Saturday 21st February 1903. Entered at Nubian Hall as a newspaper. [At sea] : HMHS “Nubia”, 1903. Foolscap roneo-printed shipboard newspaper, illustrated front cover (detached, with corner creasing and edge tears), original brass rivets, 22 pp, including in-text illustrations by S.P. Sabin; contents …

  • # 16160

    HMHS NUBIA

    [SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] The Nubia Lyre. The unofficial organ of H.M.T. No. 4. Commander F.J. Fox. Special Law edition. Wednesday 5th August 1903. In aid of Seamen’s Charities.

    [At sea] : HMHS “Nubia”, 1903. Foolscap roneo-printed shipboard newspaper, illustrated front cover (detached, stained and with some loss at edges), original brass rivets, 44 pp, including 3 original shipboard albumen print photographs and a gouache drawing by S.P. Sabin laid in; contents clean and sound. Rare. SS Nubia was a passenger-cargo steamer built for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam …

  • # 16159

    SABIN, S.P.

    [SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] Original satirical drawing lampooning Kruger, depicting the Boer leader being humiliated by a British Tommy.

    [At sea, HMHS “Nubia”, circa 1901]. Watercolour and pencil on paper, sheet 127 x 103 mm, signed in the image lower right ‘S.P. Sabin’, the artist’s pencilled caption in the bottom margin: ‘”Lend me your ear,” the Briton said / “You’ve threatened me now have you meant it?” / And Kruger kindly bowed his head, …

  • # 15815

    [Possibly Frederick FRITH, 1819-1871]

    Ivorytype portrait of Laura Lilias Scratchley, wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Scratchley, Melbourne, January 1863.

    This masterful portrait of the beautiful Laura Lilias Scratchley, sister of Thomas Alexander Browne (the author ‘Rolf Boldrewood’), was created when she was 19 years and 4 months old, soon after her marriage to Lieutenant-Colonel Scratchley of the Royal Engineers (later Sir Peter Scratchley, colonial administrator). It is an extremely rare Australian example – the earliest known – of a …

  • # 16023

    Anon.

    A group of humorous sketches by an Australian soldier, 1939-45.

    Pen and wash on faint-ruled paper, occupying 7 sides of 4 sheets removed from a notebook, with the artist’s captions in pen; a well-preserved group. The sketches depict scenes from the life of an Aussie soldier during military training.

  • # 16048

    Rühlen, Emil

    Prisoner of War letter sent to Germany from Murchison Camp, Victoria, dated February 1943.

    Official Prisoner of War lettergram, 90 x 150 mm (folded), 330 x 200 mm (unfolded), sent to Germany from No. 13 P.O.W. Group Murchison, Victoria, with ‘Opened by Censor’ and ‘Passed by Censor’ markings, containing a handwritten message in German in Gothic cursive (a standard 24 lines in length, the maximum space allowed) from internee …

  • # 13864

    WALTER, Adelaide

    Unpublished eyewitness account of the Yokohama Earthquake

    [1923] : [s.l.]. Octavo, paper wrappers with manuscript title, some chipping on spine; typescript with manuscript corrections, pp 63; 14. An unpublished eyewitness account of the Yokohama Earthquake of 1923, a 7.9 magnitude quake that destroyed half of the brick buildings in the region and killed approximately 140,000. The Australian author was aboard the ‘Empress of Australia’, …

  • # 15244

    RUDINGER, St. Piero

    The second revolution in China, 1913. My adventures of the fighting around Shanghai, the Arsenal, Woosung Forts

    Shanghai : Shanghai Mercury, 1914. Octavo, gilt-lettered blue cloth (a little marked), pp. xii; 177; folding maps, photographic plates, errata slip and loose corrigenda slip ‘Shanghai pressmen who distinguished themselves during the revolution 1914’, a fine copy. Scarce.

  • # 13946

    NELSON, Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, 1758-1805

    Lord Horatio Nelson : autograph letter, signed. To Sir William Hamilton. Naples, 12 December 1798

    This important letter, penned on board Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Vanguard in the Bay of Naples, was written by Nelson with his left hand, a little over a year after losing his right arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in August 1797. The letter is from the famous manuscript collection of Alfred Morrison (1821-1897). It was acquired …

  • # 15754

    PLIMER, Nathaniel, 1757-1822, attributed

    A portrait miniature of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brisbane, sixth Governor of New South Wales, 1821-1825

    A fine portrait of a distinguished administrator whose political and social legacies were of immense importance in the shaping of the Colony of New South Wales. Portraits of such significant early Australian figures are of the utmost rarity.  [Attributed to Nathaniel Plimer, probably 1803-1804]. Portrait on ivory, in its original nine-carat gold mount, 70 x 53 mm; verso of …

  • # 15803

    LEE, Laurence

    Archive of private photographs taken by an Australian soldier on the Western Front in 1918

    A significant unofficial photographic record of the Western Front in 1918, taken with a private camera by a young Australian soldier from Perth; a total of 267 photographs contained in four albums. Private Laurence Lee, 7994, 16th Battalion, 27th Reinforcement, A.I.F., a labourer from Western Australia, enlisted at Perth on 29 August 1917, at the age of 19. His …

  • # 13866

    Steel’s naval chronologist of the late war, from its commencement in February 1793, to its conclusion in 1801.

    Third edition, corrected and greatly enlarged. London : P. Steel, [c. 1802]. Small quarto, half-morocco over marbled boards (worn, boards detached), bookplate from the United Service Museum to front pastedown with discard stamp, engraved frontispiece (of a medal designed by Thomas Bewick), pp. [4]; civ; 122; 5 engraved charts; [6], occasional foxing. Scarce book on …

  • # 15436

    GIBSON, Andrew Lucian (Scotland, 1796 - "Tirranna", near Goulburn, 1840)

    Sketches made during the Napoleonic Wars and later (c.1815-1821), by military surgeon Dr. Andrew Gibson, founder of Tirranna station near Goulburn, New South Wales

    Nine leaves removed from a small early nineteenth century sketchbook, trimmed to various dimensions up to 160 x 100 mm, eight with watercolour and pencil vignettes and manuscript captions in ink, one with manuscript bearing the artist’s name, ‘Andrew Lucian Gibson’, laid down on a later nineteenth century backing sheet, 380 x 320 mm; in very good condition, with some mild …

  • # 15686

    [MEAGHER, Thomas Francis, 1823-67]

    [TASMANIA] General Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Nationalist, convict in Van Diemen’s Land

    [U.S.A. : s.n., circa 1865. Albumen print photograph of a painting or drawing, carte de visite format (102 x 61 mm), printed caption below image ‘Maj. Gen. Meagher’; no studio imprint; in fine condition. Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-67) was a prominent figure in the 1848 Irish Rebellion, during which he was captured by the British and arrested …

  • # 15489

    ONN, Chin Kee

    Malaya upside down

    Singapore : Jitts & Co, 1946. Quarto, printed boards (worn and stained, loss to head and foot of backstrip), pp. [viii]; 208; [10], map. A detailed and disturbing account of the Japanese occupation of Singapore, with a number of references to the Australians captured.

  • # 15350

    OBERGASSNER, M.

    [BOER WAR] Propaganda photograph promoting the cause of German Boers, taken in Munich in 1900.

    Munich : M. Obergassner, 1900. Silver gelatin photograph, 125 x 175 mm, embossed imprint of ‘M. Obergassner … München, 1900’, on original board mount with imprint of the Munich photographic studio of M. Obergassner, contemporary caption in pencil to lower margin ‘Taken in Germany during the South African War’; the photograph is in fine condition; …

  • # 15354

    [GREAT BRITAIN. ROYAL NAVY]

    List of warships to be present at the Naval Review at Spithead, August 16th, 1902, in honour of the Coronation of King Edward the VIIth.

    [Cover title: Coronation of King Edward VII. Souvenir of the Naval Review]. London : J. Seager & Sons, [1902]. Duodecimo, gilt-edged folding card, 125 x 85 mm, front with lithographed illustration of Royal Navy battleships, embossed lettering in red, surmounted by an embossed crown in gold, original pale blue ribbon tie, [4] pp, printed in …

  • # 15121

    New Orleans Mardi Gras 1881. Schedule of special train. New York to New Orleans and return

    via B & O, O & M, and Jackson Route. Carrying the members and guests of the 71st Regt., NGSNY. Lithographed card, 150 x 76 mm (5 3/4 x 3 inches) folded, printed in green ink, 4 panels with decorative lettering and vignette illustrations of the soldiers celebrating Mardi Gras, and scenes on the train …

  • # 14772

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [POLYNESIA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens, Eastern Arms &c.

    Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. November 1904. No. 20. Octavo, original printed wrappers, pp 2 (brief descriptions of 69 items), followed by 2 photographic plates (tissue guards intact) illustrating all items; a fine copy.  Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes artefacts from New Zealand …

  • # 14773

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [NEW GUINEA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens, Eastern Arms &c.

    Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. January 1905. No. 22. Octavo, original printed wrappers, pp 2 (brief descriptions of 86 items), followed by 2 photographic plates (tissue guards intact) illustrating most items; a fine copy. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 43 artefacts from British …

  • # 14774

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [NEW GUINEA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

    Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. December 1905. No. 33. Octavo, original printed wrappers (detached and chipped), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 37 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs illustrating all items. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 10 artefacts from British New …

  • # 14775

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [GILBERT ISLANDS] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

    Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. September 1905. No. 30. Octavo, original printed wrappers (detached), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 37 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs, illustrating most items. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 11 artefacts from the Gilbert Islands, among …

  • # 14777

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [SOUTH AMERICA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

    Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. October 1905. No. 31. Octavo, original printed wrappers (edges a little chipped), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 36 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs, illustrating most items. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 36 artefacts from India …

  • # 14779

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [NEW HEBRIDES] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

    Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. July, 1905. No. 28. Octavo, original printed wrappers (detached), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 30 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs, illustrating all items. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 15 artefacts from the Naga hill tribes …

  • # 15887

    MACLYSAGHT, E.

    [IRELAND] East Clare 1916-1921

    Ennis : The Clare Champion, 1954. Octavo, printed yellow wrappers (front lightly marked), 18 pp, illustrated with photographic plates. A good copy. Short study of the East Clare I.R.A. and its role in the Irish War of Independence. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 15507

    GRAHAME, Jim (1874 - 1949)

    Home departing and leaving (signed copy)

    Respectfully dedicated to the women of Australia who may have sons with the fighting forces. Leyton [N.S.W.] : Murrumbidgee Irrigator (printer), 1944. Octavo, folded sheet (a little creased, loss to corner of front panel), portrait illustration, pp. [4], two poems by Grahame on the subject of leaving for war and home coming, signed by the …

  • # 15207

    MARIGHELLA, Carlos

    Urban guerilla minimanual.

    [Cover title: Minimanual of the urban guerrilla]. Vancouver : Pulp Press, 1974. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, pp 38, [1]; a fine copy. Carlos Marighella (1911-1969) was a Brazilian Marxist writer, politician – and guerilla.

  • # 14232

    [REES, John Vander Horst , 1834-1908]

    [MILITARY] Appointment of Ensign John Vander Horst Rees to 90th Foot, 1855, signed by Queen Victoria

    Lithographed document with manuscript entries, 240 x 360 mm, dated at Windsor, 12 October 1855; signed by Queen Victoria at upper left; original seals intact; vertical fold lines, some browning; laid down on nineteenth century board. Official appointment of Ensign John Vander Horst Rees as Ensign in the 90th Regiment of Foot. Later commissioned as …

  • # 14320

    JACK, Kenneth

    Kenneth Jack. World War II paintings and drawings

    Brisbane : Booralong Publications, 1990. Quarto, boads in dustjacket, some offsetting to endpapers, pp. 104, illustrated. 

  • # 13978

    Report from Select Committee on the colonial military expenditure :

    With the minutes of evidence, appendix, and index. Ordered by The House of Commons, to be printed, 7 August 1834. Folio, parliamentary paper, disbound, pp. viii; 181; [149], folioated in pen upper right corner, a fine copy.  Parliamentary inquiry into the expenditure at military garrisons in British colonies, including Malta, Gibralter, the West Indies, West …

  • # 12009

    PARROTT, Thomas Samuel, Captain (1842-1917)

    Views to accompany report on geological survey of country west of Suakin,

    by Capt. Parrott, Engineer Officer, Staff, N.S.W. Contingent, to Colonel B. Edwards, R.E.C.B., commanding Royal Engineers, Soudan Expedition, 1885. Oblong folio, original full leather boards (scuffed), the upper board with gilt lettered title, both boards with triple gilt rule, patterned endpapers, pp [1] title page in letterpress on leaf of thick card, [1] folding hand …

  • # 12390

    [MASEFIELD, John, 1878-1967] ; Artist unknown.

    [CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT] From Gallipoli.

    [United Kingdom, c.1930]. Large octavo, original full dark blue morocco binding with triple gilt rule and ornament, spines with raised bands and lettered in gilt; inner boards with gilt rule; calligraphic manuscript in red, black and gold ink on vellum, [11] pages, each page with decorative borders in red, black and gold; the text comprises …

  • # 13931

    MOORE, John, Lieutenant-General (1761-1809)

    [NAPOLEONIC WARS] Sir John Moore : autograph letter, signed

    Manuscript in brown ink on single quarto sheet of wove paper with watermarked date 1804, 215 x 190 mm, sent from the War Office, 25 October 1805, to an unknown recipient warning “that the objection to your publishing the precise Stations of the British Forces still subsists in full force.”; signed at the foot J. …

  • # 13853

    Anon.

    Manuscript poem about the non-availability of alcohol, possibly written in Changi POW Camp

    [Between 1942 and 1945?]. Manuscript in ink on a rectangular piece of thickish brown paper, 108 x 155 mm; verso with later annotation in pen in spidery handwriting Changi; numerous old fold lines indicating the paper was originally folded into a tiny rough square, approximately 45 x 40 mm; some foxing and staining and a …

  • # 13765

    ROUT, Ettie

    Safe marriage : a return to sanity

    London : William Heinemann; Melbourne : E. W. Cole, 1926 (3rd Australian edition). Octavo, papered boards, cloth spine, pp. 93, name removed from front free endpapers, occasional foxing. The French Government awarded the author the premier decoration for women for her work during the war with the New Zealand Volunteer Sisters.

  • # 13611

    OLDEKOP, August von

    [A RELIC OF THE SIEGE OF SEBASTOPOL] Razgovory francuzsko-russko-německie

    = Dialogues français-russes-allemands = Französisch-russisch-deutsche Gespräche. Sanktpeterburg : F. Bellizar, 1837. First edition. Octavo, contemporary half calf over papered boards (upper board detached, boards heavily scuffed and corners worn), original backstrip lettered in gilt (loss to leather at head and tail); front pastedown inscribed in ink 'Found in Sebastopol, September 1855'; front free-endpaper with a presentation inscription …

  • # 13093

    THE ECHO.

    Special illustrated number of The Echo, to commemorate the departure of the New South Wales troops

    for the Soudan. Sydney : Printed and published by John Fairfax and Sons, at the office of the Sydney Echo, Tuesday, March 3, 1885. Elephant folio sheet, 940 x 630 mm, folding to form 8 pp; with lithographed illustrations, including portraits of Gordon, Coveny and the highest ranking officers of the New South Wales Contingent, …

  • # 12698

    GRIFFIN, H.L.

    An official in British New Guinea : with earlier reminiscences of Harrow and the Royal Artillery

    London : Cecil Palmer, [1925]. First edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth boards with gilt lettered spine, xi, [1], 252 pp : illustrated with photographic plates, map; mild foxing to outer leaves, edges a little flecked, but a very good first edition copy. 

  • # 12663

    DAVITT, Michael (1846 - 1906)

    The Boer fight for freedom

    New York and London : Funk and Wagnalls, 1902. Octavo, gilt decorated boards, pp. 603, folding colour map, photographic plates. Irish Nationalist Davitt was supportive of the Boer in their mutual fight against the English enemy.

  • # 12543

    ROSE, A. McGergor

    Hoch der Kaiser : Myself und Gott

    /​ by A. MacGregor Rose (A.M.R. Gordon) ; the pictures by Jessie A. Walker. Melbourne : Keystone Printing Co., [1914]. Octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers[31] pp, illustrated; a very good copy. Satirical cartoons and accompanying short verses lampooning Kaiser Wilhelm II. Originally published in 1900 (New York : Abbey Press). 

  • # 12429

    WALL, Dorothy

    Blinky Bill joins the army

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1941. Quarto, illustrated laminated boards (loss to head and foot of spine), pp. 130, colour frontispiece, illustrated. Second edition. Muir 7834 (not noting the 1941 edition)

  • # 12401

    FAST, Howard (1914-2003)

    Korean lullaby

    Forest Lodge, N.S.W. : Current Book Distributors, [between 1950 and 1953 ]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (price annotation to front), [14] pp, faint stain to top edge of final three leaves, otherwise a very good copy. Anti-Korean War poetry by the American Communist writer Howard Fast, published to raise funds for the American Peace Crusade. Fast was …

  • # 5668

    [GEORGE III]

    [MARITIME] Manuscript documents relating to the prize San Cristoforo, captured by HMS Anson, 1804

    The Spanish ship San Cristoforo was captured in the Mediterranean by HMS Anson, under the command of William Cracraft, on December 8 1804. She was carrying a cargo of hides and other products from Montevideo in the New World and was bound for Barcelona. The Anson was at the time acting independently of the rest …

  • # 11754

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Hasten! German Atrocities. A terrible record. The call of humanity

    Melbourne: Director-General of Recruiting, 1918. Large folding poster illustrated by Norman Lindsay. Some splitting along folds and chipping with a little loss but overall a good example.  

  • # 11747

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Quick! The Cause of the War. Our Reason for Entering the War. Why we must win the War.

    Melbourne: Director-General of Recruiting, 1918. Large folding poster illustrated by Norman Lindsay. Some small splitting along folds but overall a very good example. 

  • # 11972

    GELLERT, Leon (1892-1977)

    Songs of a campaign (Reg Ellery’s copy)

    Adelaide : G. Hassell & Son, 1917. Second edition. Octavo, original stiff wrappers (edges chipped and stained), the personal copy of psychiatrist and writer Reginald Spencer (Reg) Ellery (1897-1955), the upper wrapper with the ownership signatures in ink of Reg. S. Ellery and Mavis E.W. Ellery, half-title with Reg Ellery's signature in pencil, pp vi, …

  • # 11949

    DAVIES, Norman

    Hank was a Yank

    Melbourne : Pilven and Stephens, [1944?]. Small quarto, original pictorial limp covers (lightly marked, a little darkened along spine), [47] pp, illustrated with black and white line drawings throughout, a very good copy. The humorous story of an American sailor's experiences in Australia during World War Two.