Item #5000351 Australia; or Notes Taken During a Residence in the Colonies from the Gold Discovery in 1851 till 1857. Embracing an account of the Navigation of the River Murray; the Land Question in Victoria; Practical Information for Intending Emigrants; &c. &c. &c. P. JUST.

Australia; or Notes Taken During a Residence in the Colonies from the Gold Discovery in 1851 till 1857…
Australia; or Notes Taken During a Residence in the Colonies from the Gold Discovery in 1851 till 1857. Embracing an account of the Navigation of the River Murray; the Land Question in Victoria; Practical Information for Intending Emigrants; &c. &c. &c.

Dundee: Durham & Thomson, 1859.

Octavo, coloured lithographed frontispiece, double-page map; half green morocco binding.

The social and commercial growth of Victoria in the 1850s

The only edition of an outstanding account of the social and commercial growth of Victoria through the 1850s and a significant work in the small but valuable corpus of description and promotion written by colonial merchants. Just, a Melbourne merchant and Scottish emigration agent, wrote this wide-ranging work on a voyage home to Scotland. He includes a comprehensive review of events from 1851 to 1857, concentrating on aspects of trade and commerce, as well as detailed coverage of a wide range of topics, chiefly in the form of an emigrant's guide, but with a good deal on the Murray River, land settlements, the gold rush, the Chinese in Victoria, and much else.

The only edition of an outstanding account of the social and commercial growth of Victoria through the 1850s and a significant work in the small but valuable corpus of description and promotion written by colonial merchants. Just, a Melbourne merchant and Scottish emigration agent, wrote this wide-ranging work on a voyage home to Scotland. He includes a comprehensive review of events from 1851 to 1857, concentrating on aspects of trade and commerce, as well as detailed coverage of a wide range of topics, chiefly in the form of an emigrant's guide, but with a good deal on the Murray River, land settlements, the gold rush, the Chinese in Victoria, and much else.

Just had artistic interests - he published a pamphlet in 1856 promoting the cause of colonial art - and the delightful frontispiece 'Falls of the Yarra Yarra Melbourne', showing Dight's Mill, was lithographed in colour after one of his own sketches.

Issued in a provincial centre by a local publisher, it is a scarce book.

Provenance: Commander Ingleton (Australian collector, with his illustrated bookplate).

Ferguson, 11041.

Condition Report: Stain to one corner of frontispiece; otherwise excellent.

Price (AUD): $775.00

US$499.62   Other currencies

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