Bourne's Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria, in search of Burke and Wills.

Bourne's Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria, in search of Burke and Wills.

Melbourne: H. T. Dwight, 1862.

Octavo, 54 pp. (last blank), an excellent copy in the original printed yellow wrappers; preserved in a blue quarter calf box.

Rare account of the Queensland relief expedition

Rare first edition: this alternative account of the Landsborough expedition - sent to locate Burke and Wills in Northern Australia -- was written by the second-in-command George Bourne. The sole independent source on the expedition, 'it must be considered an essential adjunct to Landsborough's official narrative and every collector should seek out a copy' (Australian Rare Books). Bourne's narrative forms the only independent account of an inconclusive - and sometimes controversial - expedition that was well publicised by its leader. Bourne, an experienced bushman, had this narrative edited for the press by E.M. Curr, who in the process of preparing it for publication did not omit Bourne's criticism of his erstwhile leader.

Rare first edition: this alternative account of the Landsborough expedition - sent to locate Burke and Wills in Northern Australia -- was written by the second-in-command George Bourne. The sole independent source on the expedition, 'it must be considered an essential adjunct to Landsborough's official narrative and every collector should seek out a copy' (Australian Rare Books). Bourne's narrative forms the only independent account of an inconclusive - and sometimes controversial - expedition that was well publicised by its leader. Bourne, an experienced bushman, had this narrative edited for the press by E.M. Curr, who in the process of preparing it for publication did not omit Bourne's criticism of his erstwhile leader.

Bourne's book was issued in two states by Melbourne publisher H.T. Dwight. This copy is the issue in yellow titling wrappers with advertisements for books by the Reverend Woods printed inside the front and rear covers. Not surprisingly, it is considerably harder to find than Landsborough's narrative, especially in such crisp original condition.

Wantrup,176a; Ferguson, 7303.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504372

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