Item #5000392 Australie. Un voyage à travers le Bush. Edouard MARCET.
Australie. Un voyage à travers le Bush.
Australie. Un voyage à travers le Bush.
Australie. Un voyage à travers le Bush.

Australie. Un voyage à travers le Bush.

Geneva: Imprimerie de Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868.

Large octavo, illustrated with 20 original albumen prints of drawings (ten full-page, mounted on inserted leaves of heavy paper as plates, and ten smaller, mounted on the text leaves in spaces left for that purpose); a fine copy in contemporary quarter red morocco.

With actual photographs: an early example of a scarce genre

This fine illustrated account of aboriginal and bush life in Queensland is a vividly dramatised account of life in the Queensland bush by a Swiss settler and writer. The unusual illustrations are actually a series of mounted photographs of drawings, an early example of the genre: only 200 copies are known to have been printed. A Swedish translation followed in 1870.

This fine illustrated account of aboriginal and bush life in Queensland is a vividly dramatised account of life in the Queensland bush by a Swiss settler and writer. The unusual illustrations are actually a series of mounted photographs of drawings, an early example of the genre: only 200 copies are known to have been printed. A Swedish translation followed in 1870.

Marcet travelled through Australia in the early 1860s as a representative of the Geographical Society of Geneva, and is particularly known for his assiduous collection of photographs of settlers and First Nations people. In 1861 he published his Notice sur la province de Queensland, which included his observations on the natural history, the settlement, and the local tribes of the area. This work extends upon this earlier research, adding to his descriptions of Queensland's natural history, including the platypus, which is shown in two illustrations.

The book's real importance lies in Marcet's unflinching portrayal of the tensions between settlers and aborigines. The arresting illustrations include several images of open conflict, as well as one dreadful representation of Aboriginal men being hunted over a cliff while the women and children of the tribe look on.

Boom & Rooseboom (eds.), A new art: photography in the 19th century, B265; Ferguson, 12251.

Price (AUD): $2,550.00

US$1,707.08   Other currencies

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