Maryborough, Australia, 1st ed., 1996. X + 201 pp., numerous photo-ills., some ills., + various cold., photo & other plates. D.j., 27 x 19cm. A little creasing to edges of d.j., o/w FINE. ‘The Imperial Gift’ was Britain’s offer of aeroplanes and equipment to the Dominions in 1919 to establish air forces. Australia’s Gift of 128 aircraft and every conceivable piece of equipment to support an air force arrived in 1920, making it possible to form an independent air service – the Royal Australian Air Force. This book details the background of the Gift and Australia’s negotiations to obtain the best possible equipment that was being offered. Years of research have, for the first time here, presented the full details of each aircraft type, with the histories of each individual machine. To complement the story, the largest collection of photographs of the Imperial Gift aircraft have been presented, together with fine artwork of a serving RAAF officer, Squadron Leader Matt Dudley.