Printed material on the exploration of the Australian interior, with special emphasis on South Australia and the central deserts. Many are fine copies from the library of Dr. Robert Edwards AO in attractive Sangorski & Sutcliffe bindings.
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Melbourne: printed by Mason and Firth for the Royal Society of Victoria, 1862.
Who is responsible for the Burke and Wills tragedy?Foolscap folio, tinted paper, 8pp. (last blank), with related blank envelope loosely inserted. A curious mix of remorse and self-preservation - an account of the Burke and Wills.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1862.
Landsborough in search for Burke and WillsFoolscap folio, 52pp.,in a splendid full black morocco binding by Sangorski with gilt lettering. This report prints the journal of Captain Norman, including much information relating the Landsborough's search for Burke and Wills. The Victoria had been.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 8 May 1866.
Burke and Wills monumentFoolscap folio, 8pp. Correspondence and notes collected by David Wilkie in his role as treasurer of the Exploration Committee; primarily concerning the expenditure on the monument erected to the memory of Burke and Wills who perished 'under circumstances.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 16 March 1865.
The financial aftermath of Burke and WillsFoolscap folio, single sheet. Published for Victorian parliament, this report was prepared by David Wilkie in his role as treasurer of the Exploration Committee. It lists the very considerable costs arising from Landell's importation of.....
Brisbane: J.W. Buxton, 1867. Octavo, photographic portrait frontispiece, single lithographic plate and a large folding map at the rear; in original cloth inscribed 'presented by the author January 1870'. Rare narrative of an important inland expedition across far north Queensland and Cape York, with an original mounted sepia frontispiece photograph.....
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857.
Sir George Grey overland in South Australia.Two volumes, octavo, seventeen coloured plates,in half-red morocco by Sangorski, spines with raised bands with gilt lettering. Second edition, with considerable additions and a pleasing suite of lithographic plates showing uniform changes through the history.....
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1893.
Enormous geological chart of the central desertFolio, 78 pp., with two large folding maps each measuring 720 x 1530 mm., recent black cloth. First published report of the Elder Scientific Expedition of 1891, complete with the two magnificent lithographic maps of the central desert on.....
Perth: Richard Pether, Government printer, 1878.
Discovery of the King Leopold RangeFolio, 8pp. (last blank), unopened. Scarce government printed description of Alexander Forrest's expedition to the Kimberley of 1879. The expedition to the Kimberley was launched in January 1879, the party of eight men included Forrest's brother Matthew, geologist.....
Melbourne: McCarron, Bird & Co., 1875. Octavo, large folding map frontispiece, original green cloth with gilt vignette of Mt Olga; inscribed by Von Mueller on half-title page to Joshua Snowball. Scarce first edition of Giles's account of his first two expeditions. In 1872 he made the first attempt to cross.....
Brisbane: James C. Beal, Government Printer, 1884.
The Gregory brothers, inland exploration and the search for LeichhardtOctavo, in the original blind-embossed and gilt lettered green cloth, bookplate. Remarkably fine copy in original condition of the complete edition of the journals of eight expeditions undertaken by the Gregory brothers in.....
Adelaide: J. Williams, 1880.
The corrected second edition with photographic platesOctavo, photographic frontispiece and two other sheets (five illustrations in total); in original red cloth, decorated in blind and gilt. Rare. The second edition of Hamilton's account of two overland journeys from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1839 and.....
London: T. and W. Boone, 1845. Octavo, with a frontispiece, six lithographed plates and a full-page map; a very good copy bearing the bookplate of Royal Society member Henry Beaufoy; contemporary polished calf with gilt spine (quite rubbed with some loss at the tail) with gilt lettered morocco label, matching.....
London: W. N. Wright, 1846.
Uncommon account Leichhardt's first expedition.Duodecimo, frontispiece and folding plate; in publisher's blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering. Christopher Hodgson accompanied Ludwig Leichhardt on his first expedition of 1844. Shortage of provisions for the long journey prompted Leichhardt to order Hodgson's premature return to Brisbane.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, October, 1896.
The report suppressed by HornFoolscap folio, 32 pp., with 13 full page photogravure plates and four larger folding maps and sheets bound in (including the large map measuring 1290 x 1290 mm., and a plan of the Hermannsburg mission measuring 822 x......
Glasgow: Aird & Coghill for the Cowal Society, 1881. Small slim octavo, 48 pages, portrait frontispiece and decorated title page, full page map, occasional vignettes, cloth a little rubbed at extremities otherwise a fine fresh copy. An exceptionally rare Australian exploration title. McKinlay led the South Australian Burke and Wills.....
Sydney: W. W. Davies, 1846. Folio, 5 pp. (numbered -1643) ; disbound. An important "Supplement" to the Government Gazette, printing the latest news of the explorations of Sir Thomas Mitchell and Samuel Augustus Perry. These supplements were not always kept with the same rigour as the Gazette proper, and are.....
Adelaide: Burden & Bonython, 1887. Octavo, 39 pp., in the original brown cloth boards, a few flecks. A rare work by the inland explorer Simpson Newland, the pastoralist and explorer. Newland, better known for his Paving the Way: A Romance of the Australian Bush (1913), here 'describes the Northern Territory.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, 1906.
Early Australian palaeontologySouth Australian Parliamentary Paper, numerous photographic text illustrations, 5 folding charts and maps; half red morocco by Sangorski. Early survey of Northern Territory palaeontology and mining with contributions by Etheridge (including his significant fossil finds) and Basedow, both pioneers in Australian geology and.....
Adelaide: W.K. Thomas, 1914-, 1917. Duodecimo, four books bound together in contemporary quarter roan with gilt lettering; with a total of 83 photo plates (some folding), with original printed wrappers bound in. An outstanding collection of Australian ornithology and central desert travel narratives by pioneering conservationist and Aboriginal advocate Samuel.....
Adelaide: Government printer, 1874.
Sent in search of Peter WarburtonFoolscap folio, 5pp, folding lithographic map; disbound with perforations where previously stab-sewn, otherwise excellent. John Ross is now remembered as second of two men to cross the entirety of the Australian continent through its centre. This parliamentary printing records a......
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1858.
Pastoralists open up land near Lake TorrensFoolscap folio, 19pp., folding map, very good. Scarce government report regarding the exploration of inland South Australia in the vicinity of Lake Torrens. 'In 1858 the surveyor Benjamin Herschel Babbage had been sent by the government with instructions to.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 6 February 1855. Foolscap folio, 15pp., very good, string bound. Plans for imminent exploration of the central and northern interior wilderness of Australia under command of Augustus Charles Gregory. Prints correspondence between the Duke of Newcastle and members of the Royal Geographical Society, with hardened.....
Perth: Government Printer. 1902.
Incomprehensible suffering and despairFolio, 62 pp., with a large folding lithographic map measuring 890 x 648 mm., an excellent copy half crimson morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski. Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched 'for the.....