The Adventures of a Griffin on a Voyage of Discovery. Written by Himself. FLY VOYAGE, Harden MELVILLE.
The Adventures of a Griffin on a Voyage of Discovery. Written by Himself.
The Adventures of a Griffin on a Voyage of Discovery. Written by Himself.
The Adventures of a Griffin on a Voyage of Discovery. Written by Himself.

The Adventures of a Griffin on a Voyage of Discovery. Written by Himself.

London: Bell and Daldy, 1867.

Octavo, wood-engraved illustrations including frontispiece;original dark brown gilt-decorated cloth.

Scarce and attractive children's book, based on the experiences of Harden S. Melville on the Fly, with frontispiece and 29 other illustrations by Melville (the "Griffin") from his original sketches.

Scarce and attractive children's book, based on the experiences of Harden S. Melville on the Fly, with frontispiece and 29 other illustrations by Melville (the "Griffin") from his original sketches.
Melville sailed with Francis Blackwood on the Fly in 1841 as artist for a voyage commissioned to make a detailed and scientific survey of northeast Australia, concentrating on the Great Barrier Reef. This book gives a lively account of the voyage of the Fly in Australian and Australasian waters, although the boat is here disguised as the Bluebottle.
The thirty illustrations by Melville, range from a self-portrait of the young artist learning to draw (replete with portfolio under one arm, initialled "H.S.M"), through to depictions of life on the Australian coast: dancing a corroboree, throwing a boomerang, turning turtle at Bunkers Islands, or riding over Razorback, southwest of Sydney. The titlepage vignette, reproduced in gilt on the front board, shows Melville patiently sketching while being attacked by swarms of insects.
Melville had earlier published the more sombre Sketches in Australia in 1849; both works are now difficult to find.

Price (AUD): $2,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #3709358

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