Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…. Mrs R. LEE, formerly Sarah BOWDICH.
Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…
Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…
Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…

Adventures in Australia, or the Wanderings of Captain Spencer in the bush and the wilds…

London: Grant and Griffith, 1851.

Small octavo, with four steel-engraved plates; modest preliminary foxing, attractive copy in half green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine gilt with raised bands.

Overland to the Swan River

First edition: a neatly contrived and attractive travelogue written for children, with fine plates by John Skinner Prout.

First edition: a neatly contrived and attractive travelogue written for children, with fine plates by John Skinner Prout.

The story details a plausible but entirely imaginary account of the dashing Captain Spencer, shipwrecked on the north Australian coast. Accompanied by a gaggle of faithful pets (including a charismatic talking parrot) he heads south for the Swan River, making accurate observations on both Aboriginal life and natural history en route. The wonderful plates, including a mournful scene of the original wreck and a lively illustration of the hero Spencer and his new Aboriginal companions in a spectacular kangaroo hunt, are by Prout, the great artist of the goldfields and Australian colonial life.

Sarah Wallis (1791-1856), artist and author, first married the brilliant scholar and African traveller Thomas Edward Bowdich and, after his death, Robert Lee (not that one). She had a lifelong interest in natural history and published widely.

Ferguson, 11534.

Condition Report: Modest preliminary foxing.

Price (AUD): $900.00

US$658.80   Other currencies

Ref: #4107067

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