The Cruise of the Freak. A Narrative of a Visit to the Islands in Bass and Banks Straits with some Account of the Islands.
The Cruise of the Freak. A Narrative of a Visit to the Islands in Bass and Banks Straits with some Account of the Islands.

The Cruise of the Freak. A Narrative of a Visit to the Islands in Bass and Banks Straits with some Account of the Islands.

Launceston: J.S.V Turner, 1872.

Octavo, folding frontispiece map, eight plates and four leaves of parochial Launceston advertisements bound at the rear; recently rebound in buckram retaining part of the original publisher's cloth.

Aboriginal Mission settlements in Bass Strait.

Scarce and informative book containing much information on Aboriginal Mission to the islands north of Tasmania.

Scarce and informative book containing much information on Aboriginal Mission to the islands north of Tasmania.

Marcus Blake Brownrigg (1835–1890) was an Anglican minister who worked for much of his life in Tasmania, earning praise for his ministry to the poor. 'One of Brownrigg's chief interests was the Mission to the Half-Caste on the Islands of Bass Straits, which in fourteen years he visited thirteen times. Among his published records of these trips was The Cruise of the Freak (1872), illustrated by him on stone for lithograph; with the profits from his writings he bought books for the islanders' (ADB).

The Freak was a cutter of some nine tons, used by Brownrigg during his many forays into the Bass Strait. Ferguson's notes that 'apart from its historical value this book is a curious specimen of early colonial printing. Some interesting particulars are given of the Aborigines and G. A. Robinson's work among them'. Brownrigg was an artist of some skill, and also a student of homeopathy, which he used to remedy the ills of his poorer parishioners

This copy was inscribed by the author in his later years R.H.D. White (dated Launceston October 1880). Brownrigg passed away a decade later from lingering bronchitis contracted while sailing on the Bass Strait.

Ferguson, 7578.

Price (AUD): $850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4107028