Notes of a Voyage from New South Wales to the North Coast of Australia, from the Journal of the Late Francis Napier. Francis NAPIER.
Notes of a Voyage from New South Wales to the North Coast of Australia, from the Journal of the Late Francis Napier.

Notes of a Voyage from New South Wales to the North Coast of Australia, from the Journal of the Late Francis Napier.

Glasgow: privately printed, circa 1876.

Octavo, photographic portrait frontispiece; with eight lithographic plates, four folding maps and a single engraved map integral to the pagination; original blue cloth with spare gilt ornament.

The Cadell northern Australian expedition

Uncommon - the only public account of an important expedition to Arnhem Land in what is now the Northern Territory. The book features a mounted photographic portrait frontispiece of Napier himself, and has been inscribed and signed by the editor James R. Napier (the cousin of Francis Napier).

Uncommon - the only public account of an important expedition to Arnhem Land in what is now the Northern Territory. The book features a mounted photographic portrait frontispiece of Napier himself, and has been inscribed and signed by the editor James R. Napier (the cousin of Francis Napier).

In 1867 Francis Napier joined the South Australian Government expedition under Captain Francis Cadell to the north coast of the state (now the Northern Territory) searching for suitable sites for settlement. Cadell had a long and swashbuckling career in exploration and trading: he had earlier won the South Australian prize for successfully navigating the Murray in a steam-powered vessel, had been involved in the Maori Wars, and in the 1870s was a whaler and trader in Fiji and neighbouring islands. 'Early in 1867 he was appointed by the South Australian government to lead an expedition to the Northern Territory to choose a site for the capital and an area for agricultural settlement. He examined the Liverpool River, went up the Roper River in a small steamer and visited Port Darwin, Anson Bay and the Victoria River. He spent most of the year in thorough investigation, but the instructions on which he acted were misdirected'(ADB). His own report, published in the South Australian Parliamentary Papers for 1867, was openly criticised at the time.

As a result, Napier's "Notes" were the only public account of the expedition and are an important document of the early contact and charting of the region. It was compiled from Napier's journal by his family and privately printed in Glasgow following his death in 1875. The plates, drawn with lithographic crayon, were done by one of Napier's brother, and are signed "JMN".

Ferguson, 13058.

Price (AUD): $2,000.00  other currencies Ref: #4106137

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