South Australia: its history, resources, and productions.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1876.

Thick octavo, frontispiece and numerous detailed steel-engraved plates, two folding lithographed maps in sleeve to the rear; a fine copy in later polished half calf, spine gilt.

From the library of James Moxon

Beautifully bound copy of the history of South Australia in the first printing (a London publication; a later edition of the same year came out in Adelaide). The lengthy work was commissioned by the South Australian government to sing the state's praises at the Philadelphia Centenary Exhibition.

Beautifully bound copy of the history of South Australia in the first printing (a London publication; a later edition of the same year came out in Adelaide). The lengthy work was commissioned by the South Australian government to sing the state's praises at the Philadelphia Centenary Exhibition.

William Harcus (1823–1876) was an Adelaide congregational minister who had arrived in Australia in 1860. He is best known for his emigrants' guide of 1873 which was published in a large edition exceeding 10,000 copies to encourage migration to the colony. The Australian Dictionary of Biography describes his writing as 'Prolific and versatile, his work was always frank, clever and very readable. He won repute for his fair editorials and sound judgement even when controversial'.

Provenance: James Edward Moxon (1822-1890, botanical collector and gentleman of science, with bookplate and ownership inscription).

Ferguson, 10233.

Price (AUD): $375.00

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