Australia and its Gold Fields: a Historical Sketch…. Edward Hammond HARGRAVES.
Australia and its Gold Fields: a Historical Sketch…

Australia and its Gold Fields: a Historical Sketch…
Australia and its Gold Fields: a Historical Sketch…

London: H. Ingram & Co., 1855.

Octavo, with portrait frontispiece and folding map; rebacked with original backstrip laid down, head of spine chipped but internally good.

Contentious claim of first discovery…

First edition of the 'official' narrative by the discoverer of gold. Hargraves made known the existence of Australia's first payable goldfield and turned the smallest gold find in history into a rush. A consummate publicist, he ensured that his story was disseminated through newspaper articles and in 1855, having achieved official recognition and lunch with the Queen, he consolidated his reputation with this more permanent record. Although largely ghost-written, it is a substantial and fluently-written account of the discovery of the Ophir goldfields together with a good deal of interesting controversy relating to the various counter-claims to prior discovery.

First edition of the 'official' narrative by the discoverer of gold. Hargraves made known the existence of Australia's first payable goldfield and turned the smallest gold find in history into a rush. A consummate publicist, he ensured that his story was disseminated through newspaper articles and in 1855, having achieved official recognition and lunch with the Queen, he consolidated his reputation with this more permanent record. Although largely ghost-written, it is a substantial and fluently-written account of the discovery of the Ophir goldfields together with a good deal of interesting controversy relating to the various counter-claims to prior discovery.
From the library of the Pacific-Union Club, San Francisco, with bookplate.

Price (AUD): $650.00  other currencies     Ref: #4401823