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The Australian Army Medical Service In The War Of 1914-1918

By A. G. Butler; R. M. Downes; F.A. Maguire; R. W. Cilento

1930-1943

Australian War Memorial : Melbourne

8.5" by 5.5"

[xxvi] 873 (1); [xvi] 1010 (1); [xx] 1103pp.

 

 

 

DETAILS

A complete three volume first edition set of this important and highly detailed medical work, complete with many maps, plates and diagrams.

The first edition. Very unusual to find a complete set of this work with all volumes first editions. Every volume is the first edition of the work, with no subsequent printings or editions stated. Complete in three volumes. With a page of publisher's advertisements to the rear of volumes one and two and an errata slip tipped in to volume one. Profusely illustrated with many maps graphs and illustrations. Volume one contains two hundred and twenty eight illustrations, maps and graphs. Volume two contains two hundred and twelve illustrations maps and graphs and volume three contains eighty five illustrations graphs and diagrams. Arthur Graham Butler was a physician and medical historian. In 1912 he joined the Australian Medical Army Medical Corps, becoming a medical officer at the Moreton Regiment. Butler was one of the first boats to arrive at Gallipoli and is credited by other soldiers for his energy and bravery. After leaving the Army in 1920, Butler resumed private practice. In 1923, against his wishes, but with a sense of public duty, Butler began writing the official history of the Australian Army Medical Services in the war with the complete three volumes taking twenty years to complete. Butler was responsible for all of the writing, aside from two sections of the first volume which were written by R. M. Downes, F.A. Maguire and R. W. Cilento. The work itself reflects his courage and meticulousness in the war, with the work highlighting a number of extremely important problems as a guide to policy and management in the future, with every claim properly source and quantified. The works are considered among some of the most important war history texts of Western culture and are wide-ranging, highly critical and extremely valuable to medical and military history.

CONDITION

In uniform blue cloth bindings. Externally generally smart with bumping to the extremities and the head and tail of the spine. Light marks to the boards. Very small area of dampstaining to the front board of volume one. Offsetting to endpapers.Bookseller's stamp of 'Ashwood's Bookshop' to front pastedown of volume one. Booksellers label of 'Dymock's' to front pastedown of volume two. Front hinge of volume three is weak and held by cords only. Internally firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with scattered spotting, heavier to the first and last few pages and lighter to the plates. The occasional pencil annotation.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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