Maps to Accompany the Journal of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-2. Sir Thomas ELDER.

Maps to Accompany the Journal of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-2

Adelaide: Surveyor General's Office, 1891-, 1892.

Two large folding lithographic maps housed within the original printed card covers, splendidly preserved in a custom-made quarter blue morocco bookform box.

Splendid central desert charts

Two splendid large maps of the central desert, rich in geographical and geological detail. The maps were issued as part of first published report of the Elder Scientific Expedition of 1891, and cover the arid interior on the border of Western and South Australia.

Two splendid large maps of the central desert, rich in geographical and geological detail. The maps were issued as part of first published report of the Elder Scientific Expedition of 1891, and cover the arid interior on the border of Western and South Australia.

The expedition was privately funded by Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier bankrolled the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles. It was led by surveyor general David Lindsay, a celebrated explorer of the Northern Territory. Lindsay took charge of the Elder Scientific Expedition with the stated intention of exploring the unknown interior of Western Australia between the routes laid out by Forrest in 1874 and Giles in 1875 'for the purpose of completing the exploration of Australia'. The expedition travelled 2,745 miles through unexplored country, mapping 80,000 square miles. Sadly, the men were besieged by internal conflict and all but one member of the scientific team resigned. This marked an abrupt end to Lindsay's career as an explorer.

Price (AUD): $1,900.00

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