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Souvenir of Ninety-Four [Australian and Malayan] Gift Battle-Planes which helped us to Victory

Souvenir of Ninety-Four [Australian and Malayan] Gift Battle-Planes which helped us to Victory, August 4th, 1914 to November 11th, 1918

BAKER, Charles Alma London, Printed at The Field Press 'For Private Circulation Only' [by Charles Alma Baker], [1920]. Large quarto, [vi], 148 pages with a pictorial title page and small decorations (by Fred Leist) and 2 illustrations (of pamphlet covers) plus an additional colour pictorial title page (by Leist), a frontispiece portrait of Baker, 40 plates depicting 78 individual gift battle-planes, 4 plates showing various types of aircraft, and 8 monochrome plates of air battles (after paintings, one by Leist, the others by the official British war artist of the RFC/RAF, Joseph Simpson); all plates have tissue-guards. Full cream vellum, lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and front cover, top edge gilt, others uncut; vellum a little mottled; boards slightly bowed and a little bumped at the corners; endpapers foxed; one tiny inkspot to the bottom edge (impacting very slightly on a few bottom margins); an excellent copy. Inscribed in pencil on the initial blank page 'With the compliments of the Honorary Organiser, C. Alma Baker'; mounted above this inscription is an original pencil drawing (approximately 160 × 210 mm, dated 1918 and signed with indecipherable initials) of the nose of the SE5a biplane, 'The Victory', one of the gift aircraft (it appears in the plate facing page 51). Mounted on the verso of the same blank is an original cabinet card photograph (100 × 150 mm, on the original card mount, both a little spotted on two margins), captioned in white ink 'Farmers and Settlers Battleplane Fund, 1918'. An additional label attests to the amount contributed by them (£141); the money was put towards the purchase of 'The Victory'. Baker's address to the Farmers' and Settlers' Conference, July 1917, is reproduced on pages 50-53. New Zealand-born Charles Alma Baker (1857-1941) made a fortune from mining and rubber in the Federated Malay States in the early twentieth century. 'A strong believer in King and Empire, Baker was a prominent fundraiser for the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, raising funds in Australia and Malaya for the purchase of 94 aircraft. For this work he received the CBE in 1919' (C. Alma Baker Trust website). This deluxe volume commemorates this extraordinary project.
Two vintage photographs relating to the pioneering Italy-Australia-Italy flight of the Marchese Francesco de Pinedo

Two vintage photographs relating to the pioneering Italy-Australia-Italy flight of the Marchese Francesco de Pinedo, taken at Dampier Beach, Broome, in very early June 1925

PINEDO, Marchese Francesco de (1890-1933, Italian aviator) The aircraft used was a Savoia-Marchetti S.55 ('a double-hulled flying boat produced in Italy, beginning in 1924. Shortly after its introduction, it began setting records for speed, payload, altitude and range', according to Wikipedia). The first image, a snapshot (66 × 111 mm), is a close-up view of the aircraft, 'Gennariello', in the sea off Broome. The second one is a panorama (88 × 294 mm), captioned on the verso, in part, 'Dampier Creek, Broome'; it may have been taken from the seaplane, and depicts Pinedo in a pith helmet, together with (possibly) his mechanic and numerous others, on the beach with a lugger in the background. Both photographs are in fine condition, presented behind recent window mounts. De Pinedo and his mechanic Ernesto Campanelli left Rome on 7 April 1925; by the time they arrived back at their starting point on 7 November, they had 'covered about 35,000 miles (56,000 km) in 370 hours of flight time in 80 stages over the course of 202 days, and a 1925 issue of the magazine "Flight" described their journey as "the most extensive aerial tour on record"' (Wikipedia). Broome was their first landfall in Australia, followed by 'Carnarvon, Perth, Bunbury, Albany, Israelite Bay, and Adelaide . before reaching Melbourne, where they arrived on 10 June and spent 36 days. On 16 July, Pinedo and Campanelli flew on to Sydney, where they spent another three weeks. Resuming their flight on 6 August, they visited Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Innisfail, Cooktown, and Thursday Island' before heading (eventually) for Tokyo and Rome.

Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-1918 [the complete twelve-volume set]

BEAN, Charles Edwin Woodrow and others Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1936 (one volume), 1940 (seven volumes), 1941 (three volumes) and 1942 (one volume). The sixth volume is the first and only edition of 1942, the others are mixed editions ranging from the third (Volume 10) to the fourteenth (Volume 12). Octavo, twelve volumes, each approximately 700 pages with numerous maps plus plates. Original maroon cloth; cover of Volume 8 lightly waterstained; Volume 10 unevenly sunned, with the foot of the spine lightly nibbled; leading edge of the text block of Volume 7 a little marked; overall a decent set (internally in excellent condition), cheap at the price. The Australian Government accepted Charles Bean's 1919 recommendations for 'the official history and for a national war memorial which "for all time" would "hold the sacred memories of the AIF". Bean himself wrote six volumes about the infantry divisions: the two on Gallipoli, and four on France. He edited eight [sic] more, and he and a colleague annotated the volume of photographs. The series contained nearly four million words. In Australian historical writing nothing had ever been done on such a scale; and there had been no military history anywhere quite like Bean's. [He] brought a democratic and colonial scepticism to bear on the assumption that the dispatches of high commanders were the best source of information about what actually happened when men went into battle. His own diaries (226 note-books) were full of the evidence about "what actual experiences, at the point where men lay out behind hedges or on the fringe of woods, caused those on one side to creep, walk, or run forward, and the others to go back". Bean's approach differed from that of the British war historians, whose work was official not only in sponsorship but in texture: history written by generals, not by an honorary captain. The British volumes had no biographical footnotes of the sort that were essential to Bean's method because he wanted to show that the participants were "a fair cross-section of our people . that the company commander was a young lawyer and his second in command and most trusted mate a yo4ng engine driver and so on"' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography'). Dornbusch 209 (the complete set), 353 (Volumes 1 and 2), 294-297 (Volumes 3-6), 374 (Volume 10), 219 (Volume 11) and 223 (Volume 12); Fielding and O'Neill, page 208 (the complete set); Trigellis-Smith 725-36 (the complete set). Dornbusch provides useful information about dates of reprints and revised editions. For the record, the edition and publication date of the volumes in this set are (in order of volume number) 11/41; 10/40; 11/40; 10/40; 7/40; 1/42; 10/41; 9/40; 9/41; 3/36; 6/40; and 14/40. [12 items].