London: W. H. Smith and Son, 1859.
Small octavo, two folding maps and 12 tinted lithographs after S. T. Gill; front inner hinge becoming tender, yet a most attractive copy in the publisher's blind stamped gilt decorated cloth; contemporary gift inscription to front endpaper in a cursive hand.
Irreverent plates by S.T. Gill
Illustrated account of Australasian travel by Edward Wilson, radical democratic owner-editor of the "Argus". The story is based on extensive firsthand travel throughout Australasia in the later 1850s. The twelve plates by S. T. Gill (the well-known goldfields illustrator who died impoverished on the front steps of the Melbourne Town Hall) were especially commissioned for this book. They represent one of the few examples of his work illustrating the narrative text of another writer.
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