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War & Escape – 20th Century

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  • Horrie The Wog-Dog – With the A.I.F in Egypt, Greece, Crete and Palestine – First Edition signed and annotated by Ion Idriess – 1945

    Horrie The Wog-Dog – With the A.I.F in Egypt, Greece, Crete and Palestine – First Edition signed and annotated by Ion Idriess – 1945

    An interesting and often amusing war account. Written by Ion Idriess from the War Diary of Private J. B. Moddy, of the Machine Gun Battalion.

    The puppy Horrie was found in the Western Desert, looked after by Moody, becoming the Battalion mascot. Horrie was transported “unofficially, in a special travelling pack from one conflict to another. Photographs from the “action” illustrate the work nicely and prove to any doubters that Horrie was in the thick of it.

    Annotated boldly on the title page to, Idriess admirer and friend, Mrs Francis Van Cleef of Chicgao – his note of support for American troops in Europe is special … “A Cheerio from Australia. Your boys are wonderful – Ion L Idriess Aug 1945, Sydney Australia”.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1945. A very scarce first edition and even more so with dust jacket.

    Octavo, 232 pages with 17 illustrations. End papers browned, front webbing showing, a couple of minor dust jacket chips, otherwise a very good copy.

    Idriess on “Horrie” and the A.I.F in WWII.

    $240.00

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  • My Great Aunt Appearing Day – John Prebble – First Edition 1958.

    My Great Aunt Appearing Day – John Prebble – First Edition 1958.

    A first edition published by Secker and Warburg in 1958. Octavo, 214 pages, nice dust jacket designed by Gordon Davey.

    Four short stories of which My Great Aunt Appearing Day is the lead and most astonishing. A true story … except that she was the writers Great Great Aunt … the title reflects the author’s father recounting of the history.

    Against the background of the famous treaty talks at Laramie with the Sioux and Cheyenne in the 1870’s, Josh Tanner wooed and won the native Indian girl Appearing Day. She was to end a long life in the quiet backwaters of an English country village.

    The authors Great (Great) Aunt was a Cheyenne beauty.

    $25.00

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  • An Anzac Muster [Tales of Gallipoli] – William Baylebridge – Collected Works Vol II

    An Anzac Muster [Tales of Gallipoli] – William Baylebridge – Collected Works Vol II

    This is Volume II of the Collected Works of William Baylebridge (Memorial Edition) published in 1962. The Memorial publications were released at different times hence they are often found in separate volumes. This volume stands alone.

    The Anzac Muster was first printed privately in an edition of only 100 copies. It is regarded as an outstanding contribution to Australian literature. This publicly available volume represents the very next printing and contains the authors revisions which were made in 1932. These revisions never made the printing press and Baylebridge died in 1942.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, octavo, 226, with colour portrait frontispiece and a facsimile of the authors hand written amendments at the rear. A very good copy in a like dust jacket a trifle marked.

    Tales from Gallipoli from by Baylebridge – revised and revisited.

    $25.00

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  • The Japanese Occupation of Rabaul – This Crowd Beats Us All – Bishop Leo Scharmach M.S.C.

    The Japanese Occupation of Rabaul – This Crowd Beats Us All – Bishop Leo Scharmach M.S.C.

    A very scarce account of the Japanese occupation of New Britain in WWII.

    Polish born Leo Scharmach was a hero and undoubtedly saved many lives I New Britain and the civilian prisoner of war camp later established at Ramale. He held his own against the invading Japanese using humour, irony and strength of character … convincing the Japanese the local mission was still a German Mission and at one time that he was a envoy of Adolf Hitler. He did fight for the Germans during WWI, receiving an Iron Cross which he displayed to Japanese officers to good effect.

    This octavo book was published by The Catholic Press, Sydney in 1960. 296 pages, illustrated from photographs and drawings. A bit marked in the ends mainly from old tape residue holding the now chipped and torn dust jacket … but a jacket of real rarity.

    Very readable and informative

    WWII and the Japanese in New Britain … the account of forgotten hero Bishop Leo Scharmach.

    $60.00

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  • Must We Fight? – Ion L. Idriess – First Edition, Signed, Rare, Very Good Condition

    Must We Fight? – Ion L. Idriess – First Edition, Signed, Rare, Very Good Condition

    A very good copy of a scarce Ion Idriess book. Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1939. Signed boldly by Idriess on the Title Page … “To Mrs Van Cleef with cheery memories from Australia – Ion L Idriess Sydney 1939”. Van Cleef was the wife of a wealthy Chicago industrialist that had connections with Idriess.

    Octavo, 223 pages, complete dust jacket albeit a bit browned at spine and around edges otherwise clean. Very clean internally bar a mark bottom inside title. Endpaper maps – “Australia in the Pacific” to front and strange one at rear “An Arresting Comparison: Australia and the European Countries Drawn to Scale”.

    In some ways a prophetic book. The Authors Note starts … “This book is written simply because our country may be in danger …”. WWI veteran Idriess saw danger in the Pacific. Chapter headings help understand the flow of the book … a selection… How will the Enemy Come?; Action in Defence; Defending our Cities; Dodging Bomb and Shell Fire; Fighting at Darwin or New Zealand; Should the Dutch east Indies Fall; Protecting the Isolated States; Fighting from Cover; Trained Man versus Untrained; Deadly Shooting; The Sniper; Australia Needs Submarines; Australia’s Land Bridget to Asia; Defence Could Develop New Industries etc.

    We wonder how this book was received at the time … maybe the fact that Idriess was called to produce succinct accounts about fighting techniques after war broke out, tells us that top brass thought highly of this work.

    Signed sought after Idriess first edition.

    $390.00

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  • Voyaging – Captain James William Holmes –  Edited by Nora Coghlan

    Voyaging – Captain James William Holmes – Edited by Nora Coghlan

    Subtitled … “Fifty years on the seven seas in sail”. With pen pictures and paintings by Captain James William Holmes, Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. With a forward by John Masefield.

    A fine copy of the second impression published 1966 by Hutchinson of London.

    Octavo, 207 pages with illustrations throughout mainly from the subjects magnificent artwork.

    Masefield describes Holmes as one of the most famous sea captains of the late Victorian era and salivates over the then thrill of the sailing ships if full rig. The editor, Holmes’s daughter twice sailed around the world with her father. Much about sailing to Australian and New Zealand.

    Captain Holmes from a special breed ..

    $27.00

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