Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…. Mrs R. LEE, formerly Sarah BOWDICH.
Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…
Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…
Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…

Adventures in Australia…
Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…

London: Grant and Griffith, 1851.

Small octavo, with four steel-engraved plates; good in original blue cloth, blind blocked boards and ornate gilt spine.

First edition of an imaginary travelogue for children featuring detailed yet entirely concocted descriptions of Aboriginal life in the Australian wilderness. The tale follows the dashing Captain Spencer, shipwrecked on the north Australian coast and accompanied by a sortie of faithful pets (including a charismatic talking parrot), who set out on foot for the Swan River. Although obviously intended as fiction, the consistent emphasis on scientific description reflects the authors genuine if naïve interest in natural history and native customs. Sarah Wallis (1791-1856), artist and author, married the brilliant scholar and African traveller Thomas Edward Bowdich and this extraordinary narrative, however farcical, reflects their shared interest in exotic plants and animals.

First edition of an imaginary travelogue for children featuring detailed yet entirely concocted descriptions of Aboriginal life in the Australian wilderness. The tale follows the dashing Captain Spencer, shipwrecked on the north Australian coast and accompanied by a sortie of faithful pets (including a charismatic talking parrot), who set out on foot for the Swan River. Although obviously intended as fiction, the consistent emphasis on scientific description reflects the authors genuine if naïve interest in natural history and native customs. Sarah Wallis (1791-1856), artist and author, married the brilliant scholar and African traveller Thomas Edward Bowdich and this extraordinary narrative, however farcical, reflects their shared interest in exotic plants and animals.

This curious book is an early example of romantic interest in the Australian bush - the Aborigines encountered are initially hostile and later helpful. One of the four plates by Skinner Prout depicts Captain Spencer among his new Aboriginal companions in a spectacular kangaroo hunt.

Ferguson, 11534.

Price (AUD): $785.00  other currencies Ref: #2708017

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