Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… [bound with] Report of Commander Norman, of H.M.C.S. "Victoria"…
Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… [bound with] Report of Commander Norman, of H.M.C.S. "Victoria"…
Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… [bound with] Report of Commander Norman, of H.M.C.S. "Victoria"…
Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… [bound with] Report of Commander Norman, of H.M.C.S. "Victoria"…
Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… [bound with] Report of Commander Norman, of H.M.C.S. "Victoria"…

Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… [bound with] Report of Commander Norman, of H.M.C.S. "Victoria"…
Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… [bound with] Report of Commander Norman, of H.M.C.S. "Victoria"…

Melbourne: John Ferres, Governmewnt Printer, 1862.

Two reports bound together, foolscap folio, the first report with 52 pp. and three folding maps; the second 32 pp.; fine in recent quarter dark blue morocco by Sangorski.

Landsborough and Walker search: with the maps

Two important Burke and Wills related reports, with the rare lithographic maps. The reports relate to two major relief parties sent in search of the missing explorers by Landsborough and Walker, and include the only contemporary printing of anything relating to Walker (Landsborough, a keener self-promoter, published his own account). The second report prints the coastal journal of Norman, captain of the Victoria. The Victoria had been sent to the Gulf of Carpentaria because of the belief that Burke and Wills were most likely lost in the far north. The first report includes three important and rare maps showing Albert River, Flinders River, and "Walker and Landsborough's Routes". Lithographed in Melbourne in April 1862, they were bound into only a limited number of copies, most probably prepared for parliamentarians and persons closely connected to the relief expedition.

Two important Burke and Wills related reports, with the rare lithographic maps. The reports relate to two major relief parties sent in search of the missing explorers by Landsborough and Walker, and include the only contemporary printing of anything relating to Walker (Landsborough, a keener self-promoter, published his own account). The second report prints the coastal journal of Norman, captain of the Victoria. The Victoria had been sent to the Gulf of Carpentaria because of the belief that Burke and Wills were most likely lost in the far north. The first report includes three important and rare maps showing Albert River, Flinders River, and "Walker and Landsborough's Routes". Lithographed in Melbourne in April 1862, they were bound into only a limited number of copies, most probably prepared for parliamentarians and persons closely connected to the relief expedition.

Landsborough, a seasoned explorer, struck out from the Albert River, and ultimately crossed the continent via Coopers Creek and Menindie, an important expedition in its own right. At the same time, Frederick Walker went inland from Rockhampton. Walker had served as a superintendent of native police at Wagga, and had become a sort of vigilante, but he was the one who found traces of Burke's encampment before returning to the east coast of Queensland on foot.

The second report prints the journal of Captain Norman, and is of interest for his reflections on coastal exploration by sea and land in the wake of Stokes and Gregory.

"For the Burke and Wills collector… Commander W. H. Norman's 52-page Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman… and his 32-page Exploration Expedition. Report of Commander Norman, printed by order of the Victorian Parliament in 1862, are an essential acquisition, comprising as they do not only Norman's reports but also the reports of Landsborough and of Frank Walker, whose journal was not elsewhere published in separate form. A very desirable form of Norman's papers is the special issue with three folding lithographed maps not found in the ordinary issue…" (Wantrup, p. 271).

Price (AUD): $3,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504376

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