Item #5000542 Aventures sur Mer et sur Terre. I: La Famille Laurençay. II: Histore d'un jeune chercheur d'or en Australie. André de GOY.
Aventures sur Mer et sur Terre. I: La Famille Laurençay. II: Histore d'un jeune chercheur d'or en Australie.
Aventures sur Mer et sur Terre. I: La Famille Laurençay. II: Histore d'un jeune chercheur d'or en Australie.
Aventures sur Mer et sur Terre. I: La Famille Laurençay. II: Histore d'un jeune chercheur d'or en Australie.

Aventures sur Mer et sur Terre…
Aventures sur Mer et sur Terre. I: La Famille Laurençay. II: Histore d'un jeune chercheur d'or en Australie.

Paris: Alphonse Delesserts, 1852.

Large octavo, with eight sepia lithograph plates; in original highly decorated cloth, gilt vignette of a Chinese and a European gold-digger surrounded by ornate floral border in gold with green and red highlights, spine ornately gilt in similar style, gilt edges; in fine condition.

A young gold-digger in Australia

A lovely copy of the scarce first edition (it would be republished in less flamboyant form in the 1860s). The book contains two linked stories: the second has been described as probably the first account of the Australian goldfields in fiction. The first, related, story tells the adventures of the French family on their way to take up a property acquired by Monsieur Laurencay on a previous visit.

A lovely copy of the scarce first edition (it would be republished in less flamboyant form in the 1860s). The book contains two linked stories: the second has been described as probably the first account of the Australian goldfields in fiction. The first, related, story tells the adventures of the French family on their way to take up a property acquired by Monsieur Laurencay on a previous visit.

"Although Muir states that only the second story relates to Australia, the first also has Australian references and recounts the family's voyage en route to Australia" (O'Neill).

Provenance: Paul Gavault (French dramatist, with bookticket).

Muir, Bibliography of Australian Childrens Books, 2912; O'Neill, Australian children's books to 1980: a select bibliography of the collection held in the National Library of Australia, 103. Not in Ferguson.

Price (AUD): $900.00

US$611.86   Other currencies

Ref: #5000542