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The Anzac Book Written and illustrated in Gallipoli by the Men of Anzac
London, Cassell and Company, 1916 [second impression, second state, with both errors corrected]. Quarto, xvi, 170 pages with numerous illustrations and plates plus 11 colour plates and a folding map. Blue cloth (lettered in gilt on the spine and in blue on the front cover) with the large colour plate by David Barker mounted on the front; covers slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; endpapers and first and last pages offset; paper tanned as ever; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper (with the oval cut-out in the front panel displaying a vignette of the colour plate on the front cover) expertly conserved (laid down on similar-coloured stock, effectively filling in minor loss in a few spots, and sealing some tears to the front panel). This copy has the correct date ('April 25, 1915') in the caption to the plate opposite page 4, and attributes the poem 'The Trojan War, 1915' to its rightful author, Arthur Adams. 'The Anzac Book', overseen by Bean, is one of the most significant literary achievements of the war. The first paragraph of his 'Editor's Note' makes it easy to understand why: 'This book of Anzac was produced in the lines at Anzac on Gallipoli in the closing weeks of 1915. Practically every word in it was written and every line drawn beneath the shelter of a waterproof sheet or of a roof of sandbags - either in the trenches or, at most, well within the range of the oldest Turkish rifle, and under daily visitations from the smallest Turkish field-piece. Day and night, during the whole process of its composition, the crack of the Mauser bullets overhead never ceased. At least one good soldier that we knew of, who was preparing a contribution for these pages, met his death while the work was still unfinished'. Dornbusch 237; Fielding and O'Neill, page 241.
      [Bookseller: Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers]
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