North-West Exploration. Journal of Expedition from DeGrey to Port Darwin. Alexander FORREST.
North-West Exploration. Journal of Expedition from DeGrey to Port Darwin.

North-West Exploration. Journal of Expedition from DeGrey to Port Darwin.

Perth: Richard Pether, Government Printer, 1880.

Folio, 44 pp., eight sepia tone lithographed plates and a large folding map; in original boards with printed titling label.

Rare an important account of exploration in the remote north-west of Australia, including the discovery of the Ord River in the Kimberley region. This was the only major publication relating to Alexander Forrest's important expedition in the north-west: 'would grace any collection' (Australian Rare Books).

Rare an important account of exploration in the remote north-west of Australia, including the discovery of the Ord River in the Kimberley region. This was the only major publication relating to Alexander Forrest's important expedition in the north-west: 'would grace any collection' (Australian Rare Books).
Alexander Forrest (1849-1901) was a younger brother of the explorer and surveyor John Forrest and served on several of his expeditions. This book recounts Alexander's most important exploratory work and is remarkable for its eight fine lithographed plates and splendid folding map. Departing February 1879, the expedition followed the Fitzroy River almost 400 kilometres until progress was halted by the rugged King Leopold Range. Circumventing this obstacle revealed good new country named the Nicholson Plains and led the men to the Ord River, now the site of a major post-war irrigation project. After much further travelling, during which time rations and water were frequently short, the party arrived at Darwin in October of 1879.
Australian Rare Books notes the 'uncharacteristically elaborate form' of Forrest's account, with a suite of eight fine plates unusual for a government publication: 'Indeed, it has every appearance of being published as much for public sale as for use by members of Parliament. Because of the less austere style of publication and the importance of the expedition itself, this volume is quite sought after by collectors and would grace any collection.' Given the importance of the expedition and rarity of its published account, this outstanding copy - preserved as issued in original boards - makes a most desirable addition to any collection of Australian inland exploration.

Australian Rare Books, 195; Ferguson, 9679a.

Price (AUD): $6,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #4106011

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