Military History Auction
Photographs, letters, ephemera and books
An online auction commencing at 19:00 ACST
Thursday 30 April 2015
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A fine selection of rare and important photographs, letters, ephemera and books relating predominantly to the First World War, but including sections on 19th-century military history, the Boer War and the Second World War.
Highlights include a superb group of fifteen unrecorded panoramic photographs of Gallipoli, a collection of unique half-plate glass negatives featuring First World War Australian servicemen, a suite of graphic (and very candid) letters from an Australian soldier on the Western Front, and the identity tag of a prisoner of war of the Japanese in the Second World War.
QC donates books
The library's head of rare books, Des Cowley, said that the collection's centrepiece was the huge array of extremely rare tracts and pamphlets printed during the English Civil War in the mid 17th century.
The collection was donated to the library by Melbourne barrister John Emmerson, QC, after his death in August last year. Dr Emmerson began collecting books in the 1960s when he was studying nuclear physics at Oxford University. He continued buying books after he returned home to Melbourne in the 1970s as he started a new career as a barrister specialising in intellectual property.
A Pope disobeyed
The dilapidated copy of Varia Opuscula Theologica by Doctoris Francisco Suarez, written in Latin, contains a stamp which suggests that it was once held in a Rome library. Experts believe that it is possible that the book may have come from one of the famous Catholic colleges in Rome.
The manuscript features full-page colour miniature drawings by masters of illumination, and was part of a collection of Nazi-confiscated treasures that was returned to the Rothschild banking dynasty by the Austrian government in 1999.
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