Mr. Winnecke's Explorations During 1883. SIMPSON DESERT, Charles Alexander WINNECKE.
Mr. Winnecke's Explorations During 1883.

Mr. Winnecke's Explorations During 1883.

Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, August, 1884.

Foolscap folio, 16 pp., large folding map measuring 1240 x 825 mm. (closed tear now expertly repaired), a fine copy in polished half calf by Sangorski with crimson morocco label and gilt lettering.

Superb lithographic map of the Dead Heart

Scarce report commissioned by the South Australian parliament, here accompanied with the large desirable map of the arid interior at the juncture of the Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Scarce report commissioned by the South Australian parliament, here accompanied with the large desirable map of the arid interior at the juncture of the Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The map is captioned "Plan Shewing Explorations made by Mr. Winnecke". At well over a square metre in size, its scale and detail is an impressive testament to the skill of the lithographic printers employed by the Surveyor General's Office in Adelaide. Details of geographical features, routes, water sources and the like are printed in black, while the vast parallel dune system running southwards from the Northern Territory is lithographed in sepia, so capturing the enormity of this landscape. As is often the case with parliamentary publications of this nature, the cost of printing is provided below the drop title and shows that production of this map exceeded £37, a considerable sum at the time.

Charles Winnecke (1856-1902) entered the South Australian survey department in 1873, and is best remembered as leader of the Horn scientific expedition of 1894. This report publishes his journey commencing in late July 1883, a privately funded expedition equipped with camels seeking viable pasture around the Queensland border. 'The expedition, which started at the Sandringham homestead and finished at Palparara, crossed vast waterless tracts of the eastern and northeastern Simpson Desert, at one time travelling more than 440 kilometres over high sandhills without finding water. The expedition achieved little, save only to confirm that no viable pastoral land existed in the region.'

Winnecke collected plants of interest during his journey and the final two pages of this report comprise a list prepared by Baron von Mueller. As a result of this expedition and similar forays in following years, Winnecke was awarded membership of the Royal Geographical Society.

McLaren, 16972.

Price (AUD): $2,400.00

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