Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria, in search of Burke and Wills. BURKE, WILLS SEARCH EXPEDITION.
Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria, in search of Burke and Wills.

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

Melbourne: Wilson and Mackinnon, 1862.

Octavo, engraved frontispiece and large folding map of Australia; original linen-backed pink printed card boards; bookplate of Captain Frederick Aarons; quarter morocco box.

First edition, first issue

First edition, first of several issues, of the first public printing of Landsborough's journals from the Burke and Wills relief expedition, featuring a splendid large map of the Australian continent marked with the routes of all major inland exploration attempts. The preface notes that "This pamphlet has been published for the purpose of furnishing in a concise form all the particulars connected with the expeditin in search of Burke and Wills, organised at Brisbane, by direction of the Royal Society of Victoria".

First edition, first of several issues, of the first public printing of Landsborough's journals from the Burke and Wills relief expedition, featuring a splendid large map of the Australian continent marked with the routes of all major inland exploration attempts. The preface notes that "This pamphlet has been published for the purpose of furnishing in a concise form all the particulars connected with the expeditin in search of Burke and Wills, organised at Brisbane, by direction of the Royal Society of Victoria".

Landsborough was unsuccessful in his search for traces of the forlorn Burke and Wills expedition, but he had a keen eye for good pastoral land. Indeed, prior to the formation of the Queensland relief expedition in 1861, he had been professionally employed in exploring and surveying the remote interior for private grazing interests. This training is reflected in his journal, and 'Landsborough's discovery of good pastoral land on his more extensive expeditions created greater contemporary interest and his journals were quickly made available to the public' (Wantrup, p.241).

When Landsborough fell out with Frederick Walker, leader of the other Queensland relief expedition (and by many accounts a thoroughly unsavoury character), he proceeded south from the Gulf of Carpentaria to Cooper's Creek. Accordingly, this journal records much of the territory encountered by Burke and Wills on their tragic journey northward.

Provenance: Captain Fredrick Aarons, with bookplate.

Ferguson, 11329; Wantrup, 174a.

Condition Report: Slight damp-stain at inner margin of frontispiece; tear to inner fold of map; boards lightly rubbed, but overall in excellent original condition.

Price (AUD): $1,365.00

US$992.61   Other currencies

Ref: #4504374

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