Robert O'Hara Burke and the Australian Exploring Expedition of 1860. BURKE, WILLS.
Robert O'Hara Burke and the Australian Exploring Expedition of 1860.
Robert O'Hara Burke and the Australian Exploring Expedition of 1860.

Robert O'Hara Burke and the Australian Exploring Expedition of 1860.

London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1862.

Octavo, title-page with engraved portrait of Burke, detailed folding map; early (contemporary?) dark green half calf.

Letters and journals of Burke and Wills

First edition, first issue. Jackson, who knew Burke personally and was an officer in the same regiment as Burke's father, published this account in memory of his friend's dead son. It forms a fascinating contemporary collection of letters, journal entries and other documents by members of the Burke and Wills expedition.

First edition, first issue. Jackson, who knew Burke personally and was an officer in the same regiment as Burke's father, published this account in memory of his friend's dead son. It forms a fascinating contemporary collection of letters, journal entries and other documents by members of the Burke and Wills expedition.

Jackson identifies himself as an Ensign 'Serving in the same regiment with the head of the family to which belonged Robert O'Hara Burke'. He states his aim in publishing: 'My task has been limited to arranging consecutively the letters and journals of the explorers, and forming the whole into a connected narrative of the progress and results of the Expedition…'. His personal attachment clearly justifies his partiality: 'I have not been able to refrain from censuring the conduct of one of the party in particular, as well as vindicating Mr. Burke; who, in his character as Leader of the Expedition, presents a noble example of those qualities which are called for in a soldier, the voyager, and the pioneer of civilization.' Jackson's villain is George James Landells, dispatched to India to procure 24 camels for the expedition. Little is known of Landells who acrimoniously quarrelled with Burke before the expedition had passed through settled districts, resigned from the party and returned to Melbourne.

Ferguson, 10857; Wantrup, 173.

Condition Report: Map slightly spotted, small repaired tear, a little wear to its edge; front joint of binding coming loose.

Price (AUD): $2,250.00

US$1,636.17   Other currencies

Ref: #4504432

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