Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia…. Charles STURT.
Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia…
Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia…
Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia…

Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia…

London: T. and W. Boone, 1849.

Two volumes, octavo, with folding map and fifteen plates including six chromolithographs (some after S.T. Gill and John Gould); manuscript presentation dated 1874; a very handsome set in contemporary plum calf by Ramage, bookplates of Harold L. Sheard, bound without advertisements.

Bound to match, with an inscription from Lady Sturt

The famous original account of Sturt's last expedition, to Coopers Creek and the Simpson Desert: a presentation copy from Sturt's widow to one of the explorer's close friends.

The famous original account of Sturt's last expedition, to Coopers Creek and the Simpson Desert: a presentation copy from Sturt's widow to one of the explorer's close friends.

A manuscript inscription in both volumes reads: 'Frederick Peake In remembrance of the Author From C.C. Sturt 1874'. Sturt married Charlotte Christiana Greene on 20 September 1834, and she lived until 1887, almost twenty years after Sturt's death. After his death Charlotte was granted a civil list pension of £80 a year, and the queen granted her the title of Lady Sturt. Frederick Peake was a close friend of Charles Sturt, as is evidenced by the correspondence between them printed in the Life of Charles Sturt (1899).

Sturt's journey into the harsh interior of the continent was one for which he had petitioned over many years. One of its most important results was the final, reluctant abandonment of the old hopes for the discovery of an inland sea. Sturt and his party of fifteen suffered dreadfully. They were trapped at Preservation Creek in the Grey Range for nearly six oppressive months after summer heat dried up all water in the surrounding country. The party suffered greatly from scurvy, losing its second-in-command; Sturt himself survived on the return journey by using Aboriginal food sources. He received the rarely awarded gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society.

The four fine chromolithographic plates are after natural history studies by John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter.

Ferguson, 5202; Wantrup, 119.

Condition Report: occasional slight foxing

Price (AUD): $9,250.00

US$7,192.93   Other currencies

Ref: #4106003

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