Rambles at the Antipodes: a Series of Sketches of Moreton Bay, New Zealand, the Murray River and South Australia, and the Overland Route. GILL, Edward WILSON.
Rambles at the Antipodes: a Series of Sketches of Moreton Bay, New Zealand, the Murray River and South Australia, and the Overland Route.
Rambles at the Antipodes: a Series of Sketches of Moreton Bay, New Zealand, the Murray River and South Australia, and the Overland Route.
Rambles at the Antipodes: a Series of Sketches of Moreton Bay, New Zealand, the Murray River and South Australia, and the Overland Route.

Rambles at the Antipodes: a Series of Sketches…
Rambles at the Antipodes: a Series of Sketches of Moreton Bay, New Zealand, the Murray River and South Australia, and the Overland Route.

London: W.H. Smith and Son, 1859.

Small octavo, with 12 tinted lithograph plates and two folding maps; a very good copy in the original pictorial boards, later cloth spine, preserved in a folding box.

In the rare original pictorial binding

First edition, in the very rare original pictorial boards. The twelve plates are by S.T. Gill and were commissioned for the book: they represent one of few examples of his work illustrating other people's books.

First edition, in the very rare original pictorial boards. The twelve plates are by S.T. Gill and were commissioned for the book: they represent one of few examples of his work illustrating other people's books.

This interesting account of Australasian travel was by the radical democrat owner-editor of the Argus, based on extensive travels throughout Australasia in the later 1850s. The appendix contains a variety of information relating to the Victorian Gold Rush, including details on the yields of different districts.

Ferguson knew various cloth bindings of this first edition. Charmingly, the back board to this copy features a simple illustration of the two poles, featuring "Winter Night", a top-hatted northern hemisphere gentleman huddling from the cold, and "Summer Noon", a tramp making his way in the heat of Australia.

Bagnall, 6132; Ferguson, 18649; Hocken, 197.

Price (AUD): $2,700.00  other currencies Ref: #4504388

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