Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush. Édouard MARCET.
Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.
Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.
Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.
Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.

Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.

Geneva: Imprimerie de Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868.

Octavo, illustrated with 20 original albumen prints of drawings (10 full-page, mounted on inserted leaves of heavy paper as plates, and 10 smaller, mounted on the text leaves in spaces left for that purpose); a fine copy in a contemporary-style French binding of quarter morocco gilt by Laurenchet.

With actual photographs: an early example of a scarce genre

A rare book illustrated with original photographs: vividly dramatised account of life in the Queensland bush by a Swiss settler and writer. The unusual illustrations are actually a series of mounted photographs of drawings. Though this is an early example of the unusual genre of books illustrated with actual photographs it escaped notice by Robert Holden in "Photography in Colonial Australia", which may be taken as an indication of its rarity: only 200 copies are known to have been printed. A Swedish translation followed in 1870.

A rare book illustrated with original photographs: vividly dramatised account of life in the Queensland bush by a Swiss settler and writer. The unusual illustrations are actually a series of mounted photographs of drawings. Though this is an early example of the unusual genre of books illustrated with actual photographs it escaped notice by Robert Holden in "Photography in Colonial Australia", which may be taken as an indication of its rarity: only 200 copies are known to have been printed. A Swedish translation followed in 1870.

Marcet travelled through Australia in the early 1860s as a representative of the Geographical Society of Geneva, and is particularly known for his assiduous collection of photographs of settler and aboriginal life. In 1861 he published his Notice sur la province de Queensland, which included his observations on the natural history, the settlement, and the local tribes of the area. This work extends upon this earlier research, adding to his descriptions of Queensland's natural history, including the platypus, which is shown in two illustrations.

The book's real importance lies in Marcet's unflinching portrayal of the tensions between settlers and aborigines. The arresting illustrations include several images of open conflict, as well as one dreadful representation of aboriginal men being hunted over a cliff while the women and children of the tribe look on.

Boom & Rooseboom (eds.), A new art: photography in the 19th century, B265; Ferguson, 12251; not recorded by Robert Holden in "Photography in Colonial Australia".

Price (AUD): $4,400.00  other currencies Ref: #3702869