South Australia. Mr. E. Giles's Explorations, 1873-4 [drop-title]. no. 215 [i.e. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 215]. Ernest GILES.
South Australia. Mr. E. Giles's Explorations, 1873-4 [drop-title]. no. 215 [i.e. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 215].

Mr. E. Giles's Explorations, 1873-4…
South Australia. Mr. E. Giles's Explorations, 1873-4 [drop-title]. no. 215 [i.e. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 215].

[Adelaide]: [Government Printer], 1874.

Foolscap folio, 69 pp.; with large folding 'Map of the Country west of the Telegraph Line in the Interior of Australia explored by Mr E. Giles'; in an old (?original) binding of moiré brown cloth, front cover boldly lettered in gilt; spine renewed.

Giles' second expedition retreats to the overland telegraph line

This South Australian Parliamentary Paper, with a splendid large map, gives the first printing of the journal of Giles's second expedition, from August 1873 to 13 July 1874. As Wantrup points out, "To encounter the immediacy of Giles's own words one has to seek out the colonial publications which contain narratives of his earlier expeditions", since the text of Giles' much more familiar 1889 volumes "was edited and liberally worked up by Mrs Cashel Hoey whose affected and vexatious style was considered an 'improvement' on Giles's unadorned but distinctly literate text".

This South Australian Parliamentary Paper, with a splendid large map, gives the first printing of the journal of Giles's second expedition, from August 1873 to 13 July 1874. As Wantrup points out, "To encounter the immediacy of Giles's own words one has to seek out the colonial publications which contain narratives of his earlier expeditions", since the text of Giles' much more familiar 1889 volumes "was edited and liberally worked up by Mrs Cashel Hoey whose affected and vexatious style was considered an 'improvement' on Giles's unadorned but distinctly literate text".

Starting further south than his first expedition, 'Giles followed the line of the Musgrave Ranges which, unknown to him, had just been discovered by William Gosse. On reaching Mount Olga which he had earlier named from a distance, Giles found from Gosse's draytracks that he had been anticipated but since they soon turned back he was encouraged to persevere. He spent the next summer trying to break through to the west from a base in the Tomkinson Range and in autumn persisted in attacking the desert from a northerly point in the Rawlinson Range. A desperate final effort cost him the life of one of his men, who gave his name to Gibson's Desert, and brought Giles himself close to death; the exhaustion of his supplies compelled him to retreat, defeated, to the overland telegraph line' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).

The South Australian Surveyor-General, George Goyder, notes on the accompanying map that it "shows Mr Ernest Giles' explorations during 1872-3 and 4; the tract of country however lying between Ayers' Rock and Mt Stevenson, also that along the Mann and Tomkinson Ranges, and from thence west to... was previously explored by Mr W.C. Gosse'.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

McLaren, 8989.

Condition Report: A few light spots at the start; some wear to edges of binding.

Price (AUD): $3,850.00

US$2,856.66   Other currencies

Ref: #4504500

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