Geographic Travels in Central Australia From 1872 to 1874. Ernest GILES.
Geographic Travels in Central Australia From 1872 to 1874.
Geographic Travels in Central Australia From 1872 to 1874.

Geographic Travels in Central Australia From 1872 to 1874…
Geographic Travels in Central Australia From 1872 to 1874.

Melbourne: McCarron, Bird & Co., 1875.

Octavo, large folding map frontispiece, original green cloth with gilt vignette of Mt Olga;.

Scarce first edition of Giles's account of his first two expeditions. In 1872 he made the first attempt to cross Australia from east to west, traversing a thousand miles of difficult unexplored country in which he discovered several important landmarks, including Lake Amadeus and Mount Olga. His second expedition in 1874 came to a tragic end when one of his men, Alfred Gibson, died in the consequently named Gibson's Desert.

Scarce first edition of Giles's account of his first two expeditions. In 1872 he made the first attempt to cross Australia from east to west, traversing a thousand miles of difficult unexplored country in which he discovered several important landmarks, including Lake Amadeus and Mount Olga. His second expedition in 1874 came to a tragic end when one of his men, Alfred Gibson, died in the consequently named Gibson's Desert.

This copy inscribed by Ferdinand von Mueller, Victorian government botanist and himself an explorer, who was "the benefactor of explorer Ernest Giles, who visited Lake Amadeus and Kata Tjuta. Giles had originally wanted to name these Lake Mueller and Mt Ferdinand, but Mueller prevailed upon Giles to name them Lake Amadeus, after King Amadeus of Spain, and Mt Olga, after Queen Olga of Württemberg; both kings had granted him honours".

From the Collection of Robert Edwards.

Provenance: Inscribed by Ferdinand von Mueller on the half-title to Joshua Snowball (1821-1893, Melbourne timber merchant, mayor of Prahran and member of the Legislative Asssembly.

Ferguson, 9912.

Price (AUD): $2,750.00

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