Sign In | Register


RECENT ARRIVALS


Next >
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS:  Australia's WWII Remembered by the Men and Women Who Lived It
seller photo

BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: Australia's WWII Remembered by the Men and Women Who Lived It

By Geddes, Margaret

Camberwell, VIC, Australia: Viking (Penguin), 2004. viii, + 503pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate sections. Patterned endpapers: security bar affixed to rear pastedown. Book clean and square. Red title over lightly bumped spine. Plain beige boards undamaged. Textblock edges flecked, leaves tanned. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn and colour-faded on spine. " . . . brings together the first-hand accounts of more than seventy-five ordinary Australians who did extraordinary things during World War II. P.O.W's, airmen, nurses, land girls, internees, schoolchildren, soldiers, sailors and more share their memories of a time of horror, tragedy, love and excitement . . . " Contents include: Prelims., Introduction, Book 1/ The War in Europe and the Middle East. 2/ War in the Pacific. 3/ The War in Australia. "Fellow Citizens, the war is over" - John Curtin, 15 August, 1945. Bibliography. Index. Acks. Book weight approx. 880g. * Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. . First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.70

VERY ORDINARY OFFICER: The Social and Navy Story of a Yorkshire-born Australian
seller photo

VERY ORDINARY OFFICER: The Social and Navy Story of a Yorkshire-born Australian

By Feasey, Geoff

Fisher, A.C.T., Australia : Author (Geoff Feasey), 1999. (vii), + 318pp., one unpaginated colour plate section, plus an unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly chipped. Art-illustrated (Geoff Feasey, Caribbean,1967 by Mrs Marian Melin) card wrapper slightly edgeworn, and has a sticker ghost on front wrap. Minimal fleck on head of textblock, else leaves unmarked. In his own words, 'Very Ordinary Officer' is Geoff Feasey's story of his life in naval service - first in the Royal Navy, and later in the Royal Australian Navy . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Author's Note, 23 chapters. Book weight approx. 470g. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.16

A GUEST OF THE EMPEROR (Signed Copy)
seller photo

A GUEST OF THE EMPEROR (Signed Copy)

By Savage, Russell

Moorooka, Queensland, Australia: Boolarong Press, 1995. xiv, + 141pp., map endpapers (different front and rear). Intext b/white halftone plates throughout (some of a confrontational nature). Book clean and square. Backstrip firm, bumped on one edge. Illustrated gloss boards nominally bumped only. Signed, "With my best wishes, Russell Savage", on title page, else textblock unmarked. The title of this book is a metaphor that describes the author's time, along with other members of the A.I.F., as a prisoner of war at the hands of the Japanese from 1942 until 1945. A gunner in the 2/10th Field Regiment A.I.F., Russell Savage, along with other unit members, was captured in Singapore in 1942, sent to work on the Thai-Burma Railway, then sent to Japan, being torpedoed on the way and suffering appalling treatment at the hands of the Japanese. He survived to tell his story . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Preface, Chronology, 17 chapters. Epilogue. Author Bio. Book weight approx. 455g. . Inscribed and Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$31.85

KNIFE FIGHTS: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice
seller photo

KNIFE FIGHTS: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

By Nagl, John A.

New York: The Penguin Press, 2014. (xv), + 269pp., line-drawn maps (Jeffrey L. Ward), plus intext b/white halftone plates throughout. Book clean. Vivid silver title over slightly canted spine. Grey boards nominally bumped on upper foredge corner of rear board. A small brown remainder dot on head, else textblock unmarked. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn only. 'Knife Fights' is the biography of a First Gulf War and Afghanistan veteran - counterinsurgency specialist, Lt. Col. John A. Nagl, U.S. Army (Ret.). Contents include: Prelims., Preface, 8 chapters, Epilogue. Acks., Notes, more. Index. Book weight approx. 520g. . First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$16.99

DARK SKIES AND DEAD RECKONING
seller photo

DARK SKIES AND DEAD RECKONING

By Flight Lieutenant David H. Pearce D.F.C.

Moe, Victoria, Australia : Author (Printed by Coal Country Printers Pty. Ltd.) 188pp., plus (4). No publication date (2000). Intext, b/white halftone plate illustrations, line-drawn maps, and facsimile documents. Book clean. Spine firm, but canted. Colour-art illustrated ("Five Minutes to Target", John Mutsaers) card wrapper minimally bumped, small area of surface abrading to front panel. Textblock unmarked. 'Dark Skies and Dead Reckoning' by Flight Lieutenant David H. Pearce D.F.C. (born Birmingham, England 22 October, 1918) tells of his experiences as a Lancaster Bomber Captain and other activities during his service for Britain's R.A.F. during World War Two. Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Introduction, Part 1/ The Recruit in England. 2/ America. 3/ The Return to the 'Old Country'. 4/ Flying Training Continues. 5/ The Battle of The Ruhr. 6/ The Battle of Berlin and Beyond. 7/ Instructing. Appendices x 3. Acks., Index. Book weight approx. 735g. *Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$38.93

BLACK WATCH: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler . . .
seller photo

BLACK WATCH: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler . . .

By Renouf, Tom

London (Printed in Australia): Little, Brown, 2011. (viii), + 312pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate sections (archival and private sources), plus intext, line-drawn theatre maps. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. Textblock lightly tanned, else unmarked. " 'Black Watch' is both the epic story of the Scottish 51st Highland Division, and a searing personal account of one man's courage in war . . . " Contents include: Prelims., Maps., Introduction, 9 chapters. Author Bio., Acks., Bibliography, Index. Book weight approx. 460g. . First Thus. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$12.74

FOR KING AND COUNTRY: The 1914-1918 War Diaries of J.M. Laidlaw  (Limited Edition)
seller photo

FOR KING AND COUNTRY: The 1914-1918 War Diaries of J.M. Laidlaw (Limited Edition)

By Laidlaw, J.M. (Edited by J.G. Rogers)

Victoria, Australia: Janette G. Rogers , 1985. (x), + 222pp., illustrated throughout: b/white halftone plates, facsimiles, and line-drawn maps. Book clean and square. Backstrip firm and unmarked. Yellow chartreuse coloured cloth boards undamaged. Textblock pristine. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket colour-faded on spine (title clearly legible) and less so on front and rear panels. This case-bound copy is numbered '224' of an unstated 'Limited Edition'. Comprising 10 'diaries' written by Private James Maxwell (Max) Laidlaw (born Powlett Plains, Victoria, 26 March, 1887), beginning January 5th, 1916 - the day he embarked on the troopship 'Afric' bound for the Middle East . . . With minor editing (spelling/punctuation) by his granddaughter, J.G. Rogers, contents include: Prelims., Dedication, Acks., Metric Conversions, Foreword, World War One, Introduction, 10 'Diaries'. Code of Names Appearing in Diary. Abbs. Glossary. Appendices. 5th Battalion A.I.F. (Important Battles, Battle Honours, Honours and Awards), Transports, Index. LEST WE FORGET. Book weight approx. 515g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Near Fine/Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Limited (Numbered) Edition.

$18.40

BLUE SKIES AND DARK NIGHTS
seller photo

BLUE SKIES AND DARK NIGHTS

By Randle, Bill

Keston, Bromley, U.K.: Independent Books, 2002. 352pp., intext, b/white halftone plate illustrations throughout. Book clean. Bright gilt title over minimally bumped and canted spine. Plain black boards lightly bumped on lower foredge corner of front board. Textblock unmarked. Colour-art illustrated (Tony Theobald), loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly bumped and edgeworn only. 'Blue Skies and Dark Nights' is the autobiography of Group Captain W.S.O. ('Bill') Randle, which reads like a 'Boys Own' novel . . . Born in Devon, England in May, 1921, Bill Randle had WW2 pilot training in the U.S.A. and the U.K. where he joined the 150 Squadron Flying Wellingtons - shot down on a mission he was assisted by the Belgian Resistance and others and made it successfully back home to become a flight instructor. Later he aided the Americans in Korea, was a helicopter-base commander and a much-involved fundraiser for various British military organizations . . . Bill Randle died on August 12, 2012. Contents include: Prelims., 26 chapters, Index. Book weight approx. 735g. * Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$19.82

TO JAPAN TO LAY A GHOST
seller photo

TO JAPAN TO LAY A GHOST

By Rhodes, Peter S.

Singapore: Changi University Press, 2008. 228pp., art and photographic b/white illustrated section. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper minimally edgeworn only. Textblock unmarked. The author, who was born in 1919 and died in 2009, was studying architecture at the University of Liverpool when war broke out in 1939. He was a gunner-surveyor with his regiment, the 155 (Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, and was taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore, spending three and a half years as a P.O.W. of the Japanese in Singapore and Japan. After an intense hatred of the Japanese that lasted twenty-five years, the author returned to Japan to finally lay to rest the ghost of the war . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Author Bio., Preface, 10 chapters. Book weight approx. 380g. . First Thus. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.40

A RUDDY AWFUL WASTE: Eric Lock DSO, DFC and BAR. The Brief Life of a Battle of Britain Fighter Ace
seller photo

A RUDDY AWFUL WASTE: Eric Lock DSO, DFC and BAR. The Brief Life of a Battle of Britain Fighter Ace

By Brew, Steve, with Bradbury, Mike

Hitchin, Herts., U.K.: Fighting Hire Ltd., 2016. xvii, + 246pp., front and rear endpaper portrait of this British fighter ace, two unpaginated b/white plate sections (photographs: archival and private sources), plus intext tables. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over nominally bumped backstrip. Plain blue boards ditto bumped. Textblock pristine. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected lightly edgeworn only. This book tells the amazing story of British WW2 fighter ace, Eric Lock DSO, DFC and BAR, who joined his first operational unit, 41 Squadron, in late June, 1940, just prior to the Battle of Britain commencement. Showing incredible skill as a fighter pilot, he went on to claim twenty confirmed victories in that battle. despite serious wounds requiring six months recuperation, he returned to combat operations with 611 Squadron in summer, 1941, but sadly was lost when he failed to return from a patrol to France, just six months later . . . Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Preface, Foreword, Introduction, 9 chapters, Appendices (concise biography, Victory claims, Lock family, Meyers family), Notes, Index. Book weight approx. 760g. *Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Near Fine/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$31.85

THE FACE OF COURAGE: The 98 Men Who Received the Knight's Cross and the Close -Combat Clasp in Gold
seller photo

THE FACE OF COURAGE: The 98 Men Who Received the Knight's Cross and the Close -Combat Clasp in Gold

By Berger, Florian

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, U.S.A.: Stackpole Books, 2011. 600pp., + (xvi), illustrated throughout: b/white halftone plates (mostly photographs of featured recipients), facsimiles, plus an illustrated publisher's promotional section at rear. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped only. Text-block unmarked. All countries at war with another have their patriots and heroes - and so it was with Germany during World War Two . . . This book features the biographies of the 98 men who received the Knight's Cross and the Close-Combat Clasp in Gold for extreme bravery and at least fifty days of hand-to-hand fighting . . . First published by J.J. Federowicz Publishing, Canada in 2007. Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, (Descriptions of The Awards), The Recipients (98 biographies), Disputed/Ambiguous/Unresolved Cases. Ranks. By Way of Explanation. Bibliography, Afterword, Acks. Book weight approx. 1.1 KG. *Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it weighs over 1KG. Please email for quote. . First Thus, 3rd Impression. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$22.65

LONG JOURNEY TO THE BORDER: A Life of John Mulgan
seller photo

LONG JOURNEY TO THE BORDER: A Life of John Mulgan

By O'Sullivan, Vincent

Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin Books, 2003. 368pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate sections, plus intext line-drawn maps. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped and edgeworn. Textblock has a remainder stripe on foot, else unmarked. 'Long Journey to the Border' is the incredible story of New Zealand author and heroic soldier, John Alan Edward Mulgan (1911-1945). Mulgan received his tertiary education at Auckland University, New Zealand, and Merton College, Oxford, England. With war inevitable in Europe, he joined the Territorial Army in 1938 and rose through the ranks. He saw action at El Alamein alongside the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Later he joined the S.O.E. and was sent to Greece to coordinate guerilla action against German forces, receiving the Military Cross for his actions. Later still he oversaw aid to Greek allies. In April 1945 Mulgan intentionally overdosed on morphine, Speculation continues as to why he took his life . . . Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Author's Note, 8 chapters, Postscript, Mulgan's Publications, Manuscript Sources, References, Index. Book weight approx. 575g. . First Edition, 1st Impression. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$25.48

UNDERGROUND OUT OF HOLLAND
seller photo

UNDERGROUND OUT OF HOLLAND

By Hanson, S.E. (Stan)

London: Ian Allen Ltd., 1977. 191pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over firm spine. Plain green boards lightly pressure marked on rear board, else undamaged. A minor in-production fault on rear pastedown, else textblock unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket neatly price-clipped, pressure-marked (as rear board) on rear panel, else very good. "The various resistance movements - the 'underground' - throughout Nazi-occupied Europe played a major part in helping many hundreds of shot-down allied airmen to escape or evade capture by the Germans. Stan Hanson tells the story of one such successful escape which involved not just the 'underground' in its metaphorical sense but in its literal meaning as well - the evaders spent considerable periods below ground." Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, 18 chapters, Epilogue. Book weight approx. 485g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$22.65

PURE CHANCE
seller photo

PURE CHANCE

By Peake, Dame Felicity

Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing, 1993. (x), + 222pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate section (one page with minor surface damage on foredge margin). Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over firm spine. Plain blue boards undamaged. Minimal flecks on textblock edges, else leaves unmarked (note prior ref.). Colour-art illustrated (author portrait, T.C. Dugdale, R.A.), loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn only. The story of a remarkable woman - Dame Felicity Peake (1913 - 2002) joined the RAF Company of the ATS in 1939 as an Aircraftwoman Equipment Assistant 2nd Class, and by 1946, at the age of 33, had risen to the very top when she was appointed WAAF Director . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Introduction, Author's Note, 11 chapters, Index. Book weight approx. 525g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.16

MY WAR 1939-1945
seller photo

MY WAR 1939-1945

By Clarke, Michael

Toorak, VIC, Australia: Michael Clarke Press, 1990. viii, + 527pp., b/white, author-portrait frontispiece, intext halftone plates and two colour-maps, throughout. Book clean. Bright gilt title over mildly canted and bumped spine. Plain ochre-brown boards lightly edgeworn. Textblock flecked on edges, else leaves clean. Portrait-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly edgeworn and colour-faded on spine. " . . . utterly candid, personal story of a young Australian artillery officer during WW2." Describing his active role in the Battle of Britain, hectic and bloody campaigns in North Africa, Greece and Crete, where he was taken prisoner of war, make gripping reading . . . Contents include: Prelims., 28 chapters, Appendices, Maps, Index. Book weight approx. 1.16 KG. *Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it weighs over 1KG. Please email for quote.. First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Good +/Good +. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$28.31

THE RATS OF RANGOON
seller photo

THE RATS OF RANGOON

By Hudson, Lionel

London: Leo Cooper, 1988. (xi), + 220pp., facsimile diary extract endpapers. Line-drawn area map, plus two unpaginated b/white halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped; bright gilt title. Plain brown boards undamaged. A nondescript inscription on verso of front free endpaper, else leaves clean. Art-illustrated (Susan Hunter), loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn only. In December, 1944, Wing Commander Lionel Hudson was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Burma. Incarcerated in Rangoon Jail, he, along with other Air Force personnel, were treated with particular severity. This is his story . . . Contents include: Prelims., Part I: Into Captivity. Part II: The Diary. Part III: The Evacuation and After. Postscript, Appendix. Book weight approx. 680g. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Second Impression.. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good.

$17.70

CALLSIGN HADES
seller photo

CALLSIGN HADES

By Bury, Patrick

London: Simon & Schuster, 2010. 303pp., plus 1 x 8 page colour photographically-illustrated section, two b/white maps. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly edge-rubbed only, faint price-sticker ghost to front panel. From the rear panel: "As part of Ranger Company, a hand-picked group of 1 Royal Irish soldiers, Patrick deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan's most dangerous town . . . This powerful and thoughtful book places the reader in an infantry officer's boots, sharing every thought, ache, smell and taste of life on the frontline. He describes modern warfare in a way that creates an understanding of the myriad complexities soldiers are faced with, the conditions in which they operate and the moral and emotional challenges they endure . . . " Includes In Memoriam : Sangin's Fallen, Rank Structure and Sangin Glossary. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.32

FALKLANDS COMMANDO
seller photo

FALKLANDS COMMANDO

By McManners, Captain Hugh

London: William Kimber, 1984. 238pp., plus 7 x 4 page, b/white illustrated sections. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Plain boards very good. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket has a short closed tear and minor edge-creasing. From the jacket flap: The first combatant soldier to land on the Falklands writes of his experiences in the war. The author led a five-man Commando Team working alongside the SAS and SBS and describes his undercover missions to direct naval bombardment of enemy positions from land bases . . . " Includes Chronology of Events, Glossary and Index. Book weight approx. 550g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.62

BROTHERS
seller photo

BROTHERS

By Rubens, Bernice

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1983. ix, + 502pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Red boards undamaged. Leaves clean, albeit mildly tanned. Art-illustrated (Leslie Harcourt), loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased, small, faint stain to reverse. The sweeping novel of four generations of a Jewish family. Book weight approx. 880g. * Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote.. First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.08

THE WRIGHT ROAD
seller photo

THE WRIGHT ROAD

By Wright, Geoffrey

Melbourne & Sydney, Australia: Information Australia, 1999. x, + 222pp., endpapers [illustrated differently], b/w intext sketch illustrations by Chris Rule. Book clean, square. Spine firm, white title there-on. White title to front panel of undamaged black boards. Leaves clean, albeit very mildly edge-tanned. Illustrated, (art on rear-John Crawley; 1985 Archibald prize entry), loose-plastic protected dustjacket trivially edge-creased, tiny nick to head. "My Life and Other Larrikin Yarns" - wit, humour and anecdotes from Geoffrey Wright, a noted journalist of more than 50 years standing. Book weight approx. 500g.. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.91

Next >