Australia Twice Traversed… A narrative of Five Exploring Expeditions into and through Central South Australia, and Western Australia, from 1872 to 1876…. Ernest GILES.
Australia Twice Traversed… A narrative of Five Exploring Expeditions into and through Central South Australia, and Western Australia, from 1872 to 1876…
Australia Twice Traversed… A narrative of Five Exploring Expeditions into and through Central South Australia, and Western Australia, from 1872 to 1876…
Australia Twice Traversed… A narrative of Five Exploring Expeditions into and through Central South Australia, and Western Australia, from 1872 to 1876…

Australia Twice Traversed.
Australia Twice Traversed… A narrative of Five Exploring Expeditions into and through Central South Australia, and Western Australia, from 1872 to 1876…

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1889.

Two volumes, octavo, with a portrait of Giles and 20 other full-page plates, six folding coloured maps and other illustrations in the text; uncut in the fully pictorial grey-green cloth boards, lettered and decorated in gilt and black.

Presentation copy of this handsome exploration narrative

A beautiful copy of the first edition, in the rare superior presentation issue of the book with the text pages trimmed and all edges gilded. This is a highly desirable author's presentation copy, inscribed in each volume in red ink by Giles "Presented to William Garton Esqre, The Brother of an old friend in Australia, with the Compliments of the Author, Ernest Giles, London, New Year 1890".

A beautiful copy of the first edition, in the rare superior presentation issue of the book with the text pages trimmed and all edges gilded. This is a highly desirable author's presentation copy, inscribed in each volume in red ink by Giles "Presented to William Garton Esqre, The Brother of an old friend in Australia, with the Compliments of the Author, Ernest Giles, London, New Year 1890".

The most handsomely produced of late-nineteenth-century Australian books, Giles' collection of his expeditions is hard to find in such good condition. The colourful, even flamboyant cover design is very different to the rather austere appearance of virtually all other exploration narratives.

Giles, who called himself 'the last of the Australian explorers, was the first to attempt the crossing from the Telegraph Line to Western Australia. In 1872 he set off from Chambers Pillar with two companions on a modest expedition, financed largely with the help of Ferdinand von Mueller. Failing to cross Lake Amadeus, he turned back, but not before he had traversed some 1000 miles of hitherto uncharted territory. Giles cherished the hope of making a successful crossing, and although 'forestalled by Peter Warburton and John Forrest, Giles succeeded in his cherished aim of making an overland crossing from South to Western Australia in 1875. Equipped with camels by Thomas Elder, he set out from Beltana and went for supplies to Port Augusta whence he proceeded first north-west and then west along a string of waterholes, Wynbring, Ooldea, Ooldabinna and Boundary Dam, until he reached the Western Australian border. (ADB)

Australia Twice Traversed represents the collected narratives of Ernest Giles's five expeditions through the centre and the west of Australia from 1872 to 1876. Giles struggled repeatedly to find an overland route to Western Australia, but it was not until his expedition of 1875-6 that he achieved the extraordinary feat of crossing the continent from South to Western Australia, via the Great Victoria Desert, and returning via Gibson's Desert (which he had earlier named after one of his men). "Giles's claim to be the last Australian explorer is perhaps a little exaggerated, but he was undeniably the last great explorer. The very scarce two-volume account of his life's work in the vast unknown tracts of the Australian continent is fundamental to a collection of Australian exploration books…" (Wantrup).

Ferguson, 9914; Wantrup, 202a.

Condition Report: In fine condition.

Price (AUD): $8,850.00

US$6,520.19   Other currencies

Ref: #4504496

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