Review of the Labours of Several Explorers of Australia, by Mr. Thomas Foster, ten years resident in Victoria; also the Narrative of Mr. John King, sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Review of the Labours of Several Explorers of Australia, by Mr. Thomas Foster, ten years resident in Victoria; also the Narrative of Mr. John King, sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Review of the Labours of Several Explorers of Australia, by Mr. Thomas Foster, ten years resident in Victoria; also the Narrative of Mr. John King, sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Review of the Labours of Several Explorers of Australia, by Mr. Thomas Foster, ten years resident in Victoria; also the Narrative of Mr. John King, sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Review of the Labours of Several Explorers of Australia, by Mr. Thomas Foster, ten years resident in Victoria; also the Narrative of Mr. John King, sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

Review of the Labours of Several Explorers of Australia…
Review of the Labours of Several Explorers of Australia, by Mr. Thomas Foster, ten years resident in Victoria; also the Narrative of Mr. John King, sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

Melbourne & Sydney: Clarson, Shallard and Co., 1863.

Octavo pamphlet, original titling wrappers featuring a wood-engraving of Burke's grave at Cooper's Creek to rear cover, the Mackaness copy in recent blue cloth.

With the narrative of John King and a wood engraving of Burke's grave

In the original illustrated wrappers, of a scarce and elusive celebration of milestones in the exploration of the centre of the Australian continent.

In the original illustrated wrappers, of a scarce and elusive celebration of milestones in the exploration of the centre of the Australian continent.

Australian Rare Books
records the scarcity of this pamphlet, noting that 'Although Forster's 16-page pamphlet glances at the work of earlier explorers it is principally of interest for its connection with the Burke and Wills Expedition. It was issued in yellow paper wrappers with the title repeated on the upper wrapper and - of particular note - a wood engraving depicting Burke's grave on Cooper's Creek on the lower wrapper verso.'
For a slim booklet of 16 pages, the author's aim is undeniably ambitious: 'I propose, therefore, to trace the progress of Australian discovery from its first small beginnings…to follow the white man from his small village on Port Jackson to his rich settlement along the borders of the great Interior itself.' Some of the sweeping narrative is concerned with the great desert expedition under Eyre, followed in greater detail by the tragedy of Burke and Wills. To appease widespread public curiosity at the fate of the expedition, Foster included the narrative of John King, the sole surviving member of the party, and includes the engraving of Burke's grave at Cooper's Creek based on the sketch by sketch by Alfred William Howitt.
Although quite well represented in Australian libraries, this is undeniably a rare work. A copy was sold in 1985 (noted by Wantrup) and another was in the Davidson collection.

Ferguson, 9705 (miscollated); Wantrup, 171.

Price (AUD): $3,200.00  other currencies     Ref: #2712356

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