Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia…
Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia, performed Under the Authority of Her Majesty's Government, during the years 1844, 5, and 6. Together with a notice of the Province of South Australia, in 1847.

London: T. and W. Boone, 1849.

Two volumes, octavo, with folding map and fifteen plates including six chromolithographs (some after S.T. Gill and John Gould); bound without publisher's advertisements; a very handsome set in contemporary red half morocco and marbled boards and edges.

Beautifully bound copy of the exploration classic

The famous original account of Sturt's last expedition, to Coopers Creek and the Simpson Desert.

The famous original account of Sturt's last expedition, to Coopers Creek and the Simpson Desert.

Sturt's journey into the harsh interior of the continent was one for which he had petitioned over many years. One of its most important results was the final, reluctant abandonment of the old hopes for the discovery of an inland sea. Sturt and his party of fifteen suffered dreadfully. They were trapped at Preservation Creek in the Grey Range for nearly six oppressive months after summer heat dried up all water in the surrounding country. The party suffered greatly from scurvy, losing its second-in-command; Sturt himself survived on the return journey by using Aboriginal food sources. He received the rarely awarded gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society.

The four fine chromolithographic plates are after natural history studies by John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter.

Provenance: Florid gift inscription in each volume dated 1869; Lionel Gilbert (historian, d.2015, with bookplate and stamp).

Ferguson, 5202; Wantrup, 119.

Price (AUD): $5,500.00

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