Eight Months with Dr. Leichhardt in the Years 1846-47. John F. MANN.

Eight Months with Dr. Leichhardt in the Years 1846-47.

Sydney: Turner & Henderson, 1888.

Slim octavo booklet, frontispiece, in original printed wrappers; preserved in a full green polished calf bookform case with gilt lettering.

Leichhardt's competence questioned

First edition, first issue, and rare. A good copy of this work in its earlier state: 'it is sought-after and few collectors pass up the opportunity to acquire a copy' (Australian Rare Books). The frontispiece, depicting the gaunt figure of Leichhardt standing with his tent, was lithographed after a sketch by Mann, and has become one of the most famous depictions of the explorer.

First edition, first issue, and rare. A good copy of this work in its earlier state: 'it is sought-after and few collectors pass up the opportunity to acquire a copy' (Australian Rare Books). The frontispiece, depicting the gaunt figure of Leichhardt standing with his tent, was lithographed after a sketch by Mann, and has become one of the most famous depictions of the explorer.

Mann worked in the New South Wales Survey Department, and married the daughter of Sir Thomas Mitchell. An explorer and surveyor, he first planned an expedition in search of Leichhardt in 1846, but the latter's unexpected return to Sydney made it redundant. Nonetheless, in October of the same year Mann joined Leichhardt as second-in-command for a second expedition which failed in its objectives, chiefly due to illness.

This account of Leichhardt's second expedition was published after forty years had passed, in the centenary year 1888. The work is known for Mann's attack on Leichhardt's abilities: 'whether he acted out of loyalty to the Mitchell family, or whether he was swayed by the contemporary anti-German sentiment has been, and will continue to be, hotly debated' (Australian Rare Books).

This is one of the early issue copies noted by Ferguson as not including a four-page appendix. It has an appealing provenance, from the collection of Geoffrey Farmer with his bookplate and small notation that the book was purchased for $110 from the now-legendary (and notoriously reclusive) Australian antiquarian bookseller James Dally in 1968. A further pencilled note informs us that this copy of Eight Months with Dr. Leichhardt bears the signature of the South Australian pastoralist J. Bagot, the '1st white man to greet John Forrest in 1874 when F. returned from W.A.). It later became part of the library of Dr. Robert Edwards, AO.'

Australian Rare Books, 142a; Ferguson, 12226.

Condition Report: Very good.

Price (AUD): $2,650.00

US$1,987.07   Other currencies

Ref: #4106210

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