THE LIEUT.-GENERAL SIR ROBERT DREW COLLECTION (Lots 600–637) Lt.-General Sir Robert Drew [1907–1991] William Robert McFarlane Drew was born in Sydney and educated at Sydney Grammar School, graduating from Sydney University in 1930. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corp in 1931 and served in India from 1932 to 1937 , with a period of secondment to the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, in 1935. He returned to the school as a clinical tutor in 1938-39 earning great respect and friendship amongst his young colleagues who were later to become leaders of the civilian medical profession. This enabled him, later, as Director of Medicine and Director General of the Army Medical Services, to call for assistance from the most skilled and powerful doctors in the land. By 1938 he had gained the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene of the University of London, membership of the College of Surgeons and was recognized as a specialist physician in tropical medicine. He was elected a Fellow in 1945. During WW2 he served in France, being awarded the OBE (Military). After Dunkirk he served as commander of 10 Field Ambulance in the UK before returning to clinical medicine in 1941 to take charge of the medical division of Hatfield Military Hospital. From 1942-46 he held the post of Assistant Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Royal Army Medical College in London and he was also medical adviser to the War Cabinet Offices. In 1946 his career took a sudden change of course. He was seconded at Foreign Office request to Iraq as professor of medicine in the University of Baghdad. This was a most critical and sensitive appointment. He was honorary physician to King Faisal II, to the Royal Household, the prime minister and other senior officials. His reputation spread throughout the Middle East and he was consulted by the rulers and dignitaries in most of the neighbouring states. For his services he received the honours of Commander of the Order of El Rafidain of Iraq and the CBE in 1952. It was said that Drew was one of the best and most skilled ambassadors in the Middle East at that time. In the subsequent decades his career took him to Boston, the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, London, the Cambridge Military Hospital at Aldershot, Cyprus, director of medical services British Army on the Rhine, as well as other appointments. He had no interest in sports and his main hobby was travel, so he spent much of his time visiting British units abroad and the military medical services of other countries in the Commonwealth and elsewhere. He returned to Australia on final retirement but he retained his interest in postgraduate medical education. He had married Dorothy Dakingsmith of Bowral in 1934; and she pre-deceased him in 1990. They are survived by their son, Christopher, who followed his father into medicine. Sir Robert’s collection of books reflects his deep interest in Indian and Arabic culture and history. 600 EARLY MEDICAL TEXT: “PII AENAE CAPRILII FERRARIENSIS, EQUITIS AVRATI, PHILOSOPHI AC MEDICI Practicam Medicinae partem in Ferrariensi Academia ordinarie profitentis Libro Duo. ” [Patauii (Padua), Pauli Frambotti, 1643], 328pp; original papercovers boards. $500–750 601 SPRAT, Thomas: “L ’Histoire De La Society Royale De Londres. Establie pour l’Enrichissement de la Science Naturelle... ” (written in English and translated into French). [Geneva; Jean Herman Widerhold, 1669] First edition in French; with 2 folding plates; 542pp (the last 4 leaves in facsimile) in early full calf binding. $250–300 ❖ 602 FALCONERIO, Octavio [1636-1675]: “Inscriptiones Athleticae nuper repertae. Editae & notis illustratae ab Octavio Falconerio, Quibus accesserunt aliae ex africanis marmoribus recens descriptae. Una cum dissertatione de Nummo Apamensi. ” [Rome; de Falco; 1688]; 230pp. Leather binding partially repaired. $200–300 602 600 81