Decorated overlapping wrappers with printed foldovers; small light stain near the slightly chipped head of the spine; an excellent copy.
The usual miscellany of paragraphs and short articles on Aboriginal matters from around the country, plus PENHALL, W.R.: The Story of Ooldea (5 pages); ERSKINE, Pastor A.B.: How Ernabella Mission is dealing with Primitive Aborigines (4 pages) and ROWE, Reverend Gordon: Native Help in Australian Development (6 pages). With the pencilled ownership initials of Tom Austen Brown.
Quarto, 56 pages with numerous illustrations (many from photographs); advertisements are dotted throughout.
Two-colour pictorial card covers slightly marked and sunned; spine a little rubbed; light scattered foxing; an excellent copy.
'History of the Progress of Adelaide ... with Comparative Illustrations of the '40's and Today. The Views of Early South Australia are Authentic Reproductions of Original Sketches and Paintings by Artists of the time ... selected from the extensive collection of Mr Julius Feldheim'.
Adelaide, Aborigines' Friends' Association, [late 1930s?, reprinted from the AFA Report].
Octavo,  pages with 21 plates plus text printed inside both covers.
Pictorial wrappers (bright orange textured paper); archives library stamp on the front cover and the title-page; an excellent copy.
The first six pages contain captioned plates depicting 'Uncivilized natives, living under stone age conditions'; the next nine pages 'Civilized natives, who have come under mission influence', and the last page contains text by David Unaipon: 'An Aboriginal Pleads for His Race'. Printed inside the front cover is 'Our Duty to the Aborigines' by Reverend J.H. Sexton, and inside the rear cover are selections from AFA literature.
[Adelaide, ALP ('Printed by Largs Bay Printers. Congratulations to the ALP')], 1991.
Quarto, a menu card,  pages, comprising the monochrome pictorial front cover (with portraits of Bob Hawke, Don Dunstan and John Bannon), blank verso, the (pretty modest) bill of fare, with the final page left blank for autographs.
Front cover a little marked (offsetting from something it was stored with over the years); small light tidemark near the head of the fold; in very good condition.
The rear cover is signed by thirteen guests at the dinner; topping the list are Bob Hawke, John Bannon, Hazel Hawke, Angela Bannon and Don Dunstan. Other local heroes include Molly Byrne (the first ALP woman elected to the SA House of Assembly), Greg Crafter, Rosemary Crowley, Bob Gregory, and George Weatherill (father of the current Premier).
Foolscap folio, 12 pages plus a folding map (335 x 315 mm).
Drop-title, neatly disbound (with holes in the inner margin where formerly stab-sewn); minimal light foxing to some edges; a fine copy.
A detailed report, outlining the history of the inaccurately determined 141st meridian of east longitude, resulting in a strip of disputed land between Victoria and South Australia. The electric telegraph connecting the observatories of the three colonies afforded a more accurate means of determining the meridian, and this report explains the procedure; the map shows 'the exact position (north of the Murray) of the said boundary line, and the relative position, at its northern extremity, of the present boundary line of South Australia and Victoria'. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 182 of 1868-69.
Titling-wrappers, stapled as issued; minor rust stains; a fine copy.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper Number 12 of 1907 (Second Session); only 900 copies printed. The items under discussion are primarily of a tropical nature: cotton fibres, mohair, vegetable oils, rice, rubber, coffee beans, tobacco leaf, dates (and fish).
115x90mm, (4) pages, with the toast list and programme across the centre pages and the list of the 'A' Team members on the last page.
Two of the thirteen players listed are worthy of note: L.V. Pellew (toured NZ in 1920-21, and brother of the more famous Nip, to coin a phrase), and W.S. Stirling (with the AIF Services Team in England in 1919 and South Africa in 1919-20). The ownership signature of Joe Keogh, the Honorary Secretary of the KCC, is on the first page. Apart from some hatching in red ballpoint near the foot of the last page, it is in fine condition.
Foolscap folio, xxx, 250 pages with numerous charts plus 3 folding maps and 2 large mounted albumen paper photographs ('Equatorial, 8-inch' [Telescope], 235 x 185 mm; and 'Thermometer House', 160 x 235 mm).
Title-wrappers, recently bound in cloth with the title in gilt on the front cover; bottom corners of the first few leaves a little creased; edges a little marked; an excellent copy, with the photographs in fine condition.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 31 of 1881; one of very few photographically-illustrated Australian parliamentary papers ever issued. Not in Holden; there was a copy in the 1979 auction of the collection of Eric Glenie Bonython, but it is not described in detail in the catalogue. This is definitely the meteorological book for anyone not particularly interested in meteorology.
Drop-title; small holes in the inner margins where stab-sewn when bound (now disbound), with secondary page numbers (1091-1096) stamped in the top corners; a fine copy.
The despatches, from the Duke of Newcastle, the incumbent Secretary of State for the Colonies, concern whether 'the northern part of Australia should be formed into a new Colony, or that a portion of the territory in question should be annexed to Queensland'. Newcastle's recommendation was 'to annex to South Australia so much of this territory as lies south of the tropic, and to attach the rest of it provisionally to Queensland'. As it turned out, the Northern Territory of South Australia came into being in 1863, annexing all the relevant land both north and south of the Tropic of Capricorn. This annexed land was eventually surrendered to the Commonwealth in 1911. New South Wales Parliamentary Paper 708-A of 1862.
Drop-title; small holes in the inner margins where stab-sewn when bound (now neatly disbound); a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 79A of 1868. The correspondence ranges in dates from 13 February 1864 to 4 September 1868; it includes good contributions by Francis Cadell (a half-page interim report on his expedition) and John Robertson, business partner of the explorer J.G. Macdonald (a half-page detailing their exploits in the Gulf of Carpentaria and outlining their proposal for the Northern Territory survey). McLaren 6907 (under Cadell, but not under Macdonald).
Recent cloth with titling on the front cover; light crease down the centre where once folded; two tiny marks to one page; an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 80 of 1866. Primarily reports from Escape Cliffs Camp by James Manton, Acting Government Resident after the recall of Finniss; they include the complete journal of events at the camp from Manton's arrival on 13 November 1865 until 10 August 1866, with numerous references to John McKinlay and his expeditions.
Drop-title; small holes in the left-hand margin where sewn when bound (now disbound); an excellent copy.
A letter from the Commissioner of Crown Lands in Adelaide to the Surveyor-General (George W. Goyder) in the Northern Territory, outlining contingency plans in the event of unforeseen circumstances. However, 'Your long experience, the frequent communication between the Government and yourself on the subject of the survey of the Northern Territory, and the manner in which you have personally superintended the fitting out of the present expedition with every requisite, render it unnecessary for me to lay down any instructions on points of detail'. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 175 of 1868-69.
Recent cloth with titling on the front cover; a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 32 of 1870 (surprisingly, the date is not printed on the item, but 1870 is correct). The descriptive notes by surveyor George McLachlan for Section 1681 in the Hundred of Ayers are typical: 'Light brown loamy soil, generally covered with nodulous ironstone, rocky ironstone hills, steep and high. Open forest country, timbered with stringybark, ironbark, cotton tree, plum tree, and grevillia. Large open flats in places, with good dark, and often black soil to creeks. High coarse grass all over the land'.
Drop-title, stapled as issued (wire slightly rusty); a fine copy.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper Number 21 of 1909: only 950 copies printed. Alfred Deakin and Thomas Price (South Australian Premier) figure prominently in the correspondence; with 12 pages detailing the estimated and actual expenditure and revenue for the period 1907-08.
Port Augusta, D. Drysdale, Printer, 'Dispatch' Office, 1889.
Small octavo, 16 pages including the wrappers (last page blank).
Original decorated titling-wrappers, stapled into later plain card covers with hand-lettering; library stamp on the verso of the front cover; two-digit number in ink on the front cover; an excellent copy.
Ferguson 14261 (listing only one copy, held by the State Library of South Australia). In the final paragraph of the pamphlet, readers are asked to note a proposed railway link 'as may be seen in the attached plan'; neither this copy nor Ferguson throws any light on the matter.
Moonta, Centenary Committee to Commemorate the Centenary of the Corporation of Moonta, 1872-1972, 1972.
Quarto,  pages with numerous plates and 2 maps.
Pictorial card covers slightly marked and rubbed; an excellent copy.
Commemorating the Centenary of the Corporation of Moonta, SA (cover title). Loosely inserted is a mimeographed single sheet (folded once) Centenary of the Corporation of the Town of Moonta programme of events, and a small print of a Bruce Swann sketch: Miner's Cottage, North Yelta.
Ninety-one numbers (Volumes 23 and 24 were issued as one volume) plus the separately issued paper envelopes of maps for Volumes 18 and 19 (the second envelope is a little worn and stained); nine early numbers are bound as five volumes in publisher's half morocco, and Volume 4 is bound in later binder's cloth; Volume 5 lacks the wrappers; those of Volume 10 are worn with a little loss, with light stains to the front cover and the top corner of the title-leaf; the rear cover of the double issue is a little stained, affecting slightly the top and bottom margins of the last ten leaves; a handful of volumes have trifling cover blemishes; all other volumes are in fine condition in the original wrappers. All subsequent issues are in print and can be supplied. A major repository of contemporary accounts of exploration (frequently not published elsewhere), with much on anthropology; complete sets are rarely offered for sale.
Large octavo, [ii], 89 (index and advertising, all with the suffix 'a'), 1625,  pages (the first and last two pages are the printed pastedowns, and the front flyleaf is in fact the title leaf); there is also an unnumbered advertising leaf before page 66a.
Red cloth (with advertisements printed in gilt on all cloth surfaces, and in black and red on the edges of the text block); cloth lightly marked, with minor wear to the extremities; head of the spine lightly pulled, with two very short tears; a very... Read complete entry
Stab-sewn title-wrappers lightly marked; light crease down the centre of the entire pamphlet; an excellent copy.
Inscribed to 'S. Deering Esq from [indecipherable initials] 14.2.77' on the front cover, probably by the anonymous author. Pages 5-7, 'Reprinted from the 'European Mail' of November 24, 1876', deal with Gregory Seale Walters, who died 'in his eightieth year, on October 29th, 1876'. Pages -22, 'Printed for publication in Australian Newspapers', deal with Francis Stacker Dutton, who died in London on 25 January 1877. Ferguson 15953 (incorrectly calling for only 12 pages).
Octavo, 32 pages plus a small folding map (205 x 156 mm), an engraving of Adelaide and 2 full-page lithographs: 'Farm of J. Barton Hack ...Echiunga [sic] Springs, Mount Barker' and two portraits on the one plate of Kertamaroo (King John) and Mogata (his wife).
Later (early twentieth century?) half calf and cloth, retaining the original pale yellow front wrapper (lettered 'South Australia in 1842') and with numerous binder's blanks at the rear to make a more substantial object; covers slightly... Read complete entry
This copy contains the armorial bookplate of Henry Percival Moore (and his pencilled ownership initials on an early binder's blank). Moore was the Colonial Manager for the South Australian Company from 1901 to 1929. Interestingly, the lithographs are by George French Angas from the artwork of others - 'a sketch by Col. Gawler' in the first instance and from drawings 'Model'd from life by Mrs Walker [? - cropped to Walk]' in the second. Extracts from official reports and various statistics (up to August 1842), but predominantly first-hand accounts, often in the form of lengthy quotes from letters from settlers. The passage of time puts things into perspective. There is a PS to Alexander Lorimer's letter: 'I have neglected to mention, that vineyards are forming by many of the settlers'. The closely-printed two pages on Aborigines concludes with this paragraph: 'It is hoped, that a conviction of the deep responsibility which we have incurred, toward the aboriginal inhabitants of that beautiful country, of which we have taken possession, will render the minuteness of the preceding information not unacceptable'. Ferguson 3721 (not mentioning Angas).
Folio,  pages printed in four columns, unbound as issued. The vertical fold of the first leaf is a little holed, just slightly affecting the printed surface on the verso; essentially a very good copy in crisp condition.
THE FIRST NEWSPAPER PRINTED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA, very rare indeed, and considerably more so than the London printing of the first number of 18 June the previous year. G.H. Pitt, in 'The Press in South Australia, 1836-1850' (1946), suggests a print run of about 100 copies, of which no more than a handful can have survived. The contents are of great interest, including proclamations issued by the Governor from December 1836 to May 1837; an account of his arrival and installation; a record of the first land sale, with the names of the buyers and prices; and the inaugural address of the Chief Justice, referring at some length to relations with the Aborigines.
Drop-title; neatly disbound (with holes in the left-hand margin where formerly stab-sewn); a very good copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 86 of 1868-69. In short, there were no records kept; part of the return relates to McKinlay's expedition. 'As permitted, the explorer availed himself of the stock and stores at the Settlement in completing his equipment'.
[Blackwood, Literary Society of the Blackwood, Coromandel and Belair Club], 1914.
Octavo, 12 issues bound as one volume, 288 pages (24 pages each issue) with a handful of illustrations. The first number has 'Second Edition' printed at the head of the first page. A note on Trove states that 'the only difference identified is on page 5 where a different verse is printed in each edition'; in this one, it is a topical limerick about 'An elderly farmer of Mitcham'.
Original gilt-decorated cloth, containing the twelve separate issues of the drop-title magazine; binding a little worn at the extremities, with the front cover bowed and a little ink-marked; old tape-stains to the endpapers; vertical crease down the... Read complete entry
This elusive journal was 'devoted to the interests of [the Adelaide Hills suburbs] Blackwood, Coromandel Valley, Belair, and Eden Hills'. The editorial to what became the final issue commences thus: 'Many a good man has been hung for no fault of his own, and 'The Blackwood Magazine', because the Kaiser has chosen to embroil the world, is to be suspended'.
Octavo, 54 pages plus a large folding map and an errata slip (tipped onto the contents page); the map (890 x 650 mm) is of the Northern Territory itself and shows the 'exploration tracks' of Stuart, Sturt, A.C. Gregory, McKinlay and Leichardt [sic].
Contemporary full morocco with decorative gilt borders front and rear, and the title in gilt on the front cover (a most attractive colonial binding); extremities slightly rubbed; leather slightly dusty; the map has tiny holes nibbled by silverfish... Read complete entry
'On 16 July, 1863, the Crown annexed to South Australia 'until We think fit to make other disposition thereof the Territory now known as the Northern Territory''. Responsibility was transferred to the Commonwealth on 1 January 1911. The book reprints the Letters Patent and the relevant Acts and Regulations (20 pages), together with lengthy extracts from Earl's 'Handbook for Colonists in Tropical Australia', printed earlier the same year at the 'Pinang [sic] Gazette' Press in the Straits Settlement (22 pages). The last section, 'Interior of the Country' (12 pages) is largely extracted from the journal of Stuart and the report of Waterhouse, naturalist to his expedition. Ferguson 13458 (the wrappers here are not stiffened, and the title page is also printed within a border). This copy contains the armorial bookplate of The Honorable Henry Ayers CMG, at the time South Australian Chief Secretary, under whose command the 'Northern Territory Land Regulations' and 'Appointment of Officers' printed in the book were proclaimed. Ayers has underlined in ink six lines in the Northern Territory Act relating to land orders.
London, 'Printed for the Proprietor, by William Cecil Huttmann', 1840.
Folio, 352 pages (16 pages each issue).
Early binder's cloth recently rebacked, retaining the top two-thirds of the spine; cloth marked and mottled, with some neat restoration to the corners; edges a little marked; very light tidemarks to the leading edge of the front flyleaf and an... Read complete entry
The prospectus appears on pages 7 and 8 of the first issue; the proprietors' object is 'not mercenary but patriotic ... they are not the organs of any party ... they will offer a fearless and uncompromising opposition to every deviation from the self-supporting principle on which [South Australia] is founded'. Their aim in part 'is to present an impartial record of the colonial intelligence ... 1st, from the colonial papers; 2ndly, from direct correspondents in the colony and other exclusive sources'. Accordingly, it contains much original material. The editor was John Stephens (1806-1850); 'about 1838 George Fife Angas employed him to write emigration propaganda. Stephens's first notable work was 'The Land of Promise', republished in 1839 as 'The History of the Rise and Progress of the New British Province of South Australia'. In that year his exposure of absurdities in T. Horton James, 'Six Months in South Australia' (London, 1839), ran to three editions. He also edited the 'South Australian Colonist', on which Angas lost heavily; it was replaced in 1841 by the monthly 'South Australian News' at a cheaper rate' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The ownership signature of R[obert] K[yffin] Thomas is pencilled onto the front flyleaf, and the blindstamp of the 'Register & Observer Office, Adelaide' appears on an early blank leaf. Sir Robert Kyffin Thomas (1851-1910), the grandson of Robert Thomas, who arrived on the 'Africaine' at Holdfast Bay in 1836 with a printing press, was himself an influential newspaperman in the state. 'In 1877 he became the principal joint proprietor of the 'South Australian Register', and as chief of staff he also edited the 'Adelaide Observer'. A parliamentary reporter, he was in charge of the Hansard branch until 1882, when he became general manager of the 'South Australian Register' which became the 'Register' in 1901' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Ferguson 3082.
The most interesting items are leaflets for the Annual Literary Competition in 1885 (one page), 1888 (2 pages, 260 x 140 mm) and 1889 (4 pages, with one page announcing the sixth annual competition and another page devoted to reading clubs). The other items are notices of meetings (some with agendas), an 1888 questionnaire sent to member societies, and an unused SALSU prize plate (100 x 80 mm) mounted on a blank page of the only duplicate item in the group. George Hussey was general secretary for the entire period. The 1885 item above has a chipped, creased and torn blank bottom margin, and the 1888 item above is creased and folded, with some (mainly marginal) splits along two folds; overall the condition is very good or better. Nothing if not rare, and there is enough wheat among the chaff to get the literary taste and flavour of the times.
Broadsheet (a very large 650 x 500 mm), approximately 308 issues bound as two volumes, with each issue comprising 4 pages; a one-page supplement is included with the issue of 10 December (a wonderful fully-illustrated catalogue of farm machinery).
Contemporary quarter calf and marbled papered boards, with minimal wear to the extremities; a few trifling blemishes to the contents (a tear to each of two leaves, 10 and 15 cm respectively; small classified advertisements snipped from four leaves,... Read complete entry
A major source of original information on Australian exploration, with many reports by and on Babbage, and substantial accounts by and on Gregory, Stuart and Warburton. There are important series of articles on Australian geology by the Reverend Julian Edmund [Tenison]-Woods, and Australian wine by 'Maro', among numerous lengthy contributions of intrinsic historical interest.
Quarto, [vi], 25 pages with some attractive two-colour illustrations plus 16 plates.
Cloth; trifling signs of use; an excellent copy.
Number 186 of a limited edition (upper limit not stated) signed by Henry Martin. a director of the Company and grandson of the founder, H.M. Martin. He has inscribed it to 'Mr & Mrs Christie-Ling'; Keith Christie-Ling was General Manger of the Australian Wine Board in his time.
Octavo, 176 pages with 74 pages of maps and numerous period advertisements.
Red cloth card covers a little rubbed, marked, creased and with a some light splash marks; head and foot of the spine slightly worn with slight loss; later leaves a little dog-eared; ownership signature; a very good copy.
Drop-title; neatly disbound (with holes in the left-hand margin where formerly stab-sewn); a very good copy.
Thirty-four vessels are listed, with the names of owners, tonnage, date available and terms (charter rates or purchase price); Elder, Smith's ship Moonta was chartered and James Darwent's steam launch Midge was purchased. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 193 of 1868-69.
Octavo; gilt- and black pictorial blue cloth slightly marked and rubbed; spine a little darkened; corners slightly worn with slight loss; top edges slightly marked; inner hinges a little cracked but firm; a very good copy.
Australian legal and medical provenance; gift inscription to Helen Mayo from 'Father and Mother, 1st October 1890', and further inscribed 'the scroll of History is the curtain that hides the future'; a later hand has added in pencil 'reveals' above 'hides'. Dr Helen Mayo.
Elephant folio, [iv] (title leaf and a leaf of biographical details of the artists and printer), and the five coloured lithographs (all printed rectos only).
A limited edition portfolio (number 52 of only 60 published), with each lithograph - 'Printed on Magnani paper, 310 gsm' - signed and numbered by the respective artist. Titles are (in order of artist) 'Parklands, North Adelaide', 'Adelaide', 'Springtime in the Botanic Gardens', 'Street Stall', and Untitled. These portfolios were not made available for sale, and in the intervening 25 years, only a few examples of just two of the prints have made it into the sales records. Trove indicates that the portfolio is held only by the National Library of Australia and the State Library of SA (and the short print run is not noted in their catalogue entries).
Internal evidence suggests they were taken in the mid- to late-1990s by someone with a passion for South Australia's colonial architecture, from workman's cottage to squatter's castle, as well as the more commonly recorded churches and public buildings. Although this extensive gallery of our built environs is not yet twenty years old, it is already looking in parts like a revised edition of Michael Burden's 1983 classic work, 'Lost Adelaide'. The photographs (either 100 x 160 mm or 95 x 150 mm) are in very fine condition, easily removable from the album leaves (hopefully they are indeed 'acid free card with alkaline glue and polypropylene overlays'). The places depicted in each album are noted in order on adhesive labels on the front covers, there are many visual clues to what and where is pictured, and samples taken at random from each volume indicate that a percentage of the prints are captioned on the verso in ink, presumably by the photographer, who unfortunately remains anonymous. In addition, there are also approximately 185 reproductions of early black and white photographs, 35 commercial colour (postcard) photographs and 30 miscellaneous photographs (including a few of people, which may lead to the identity of the photographer).
The carte de visite (an albumen paper photograph, 55 x 91 mm) was recently removed from an old album leaf and remounted on acid-free card; the title above was written on the verso of the image in pencil. The number '202' is pencilled on a fence-post in the foreground; in excellent condition. The photographer is unidentified; undated, but possibly 1860s.
Adelaide, R. Kyffin Thomas, Printer [for G.H. Cargeeg], 1881 ('Second Edition' is printed at the head of the front cover).
Octavo, 132 pages with numerous advertisements (some with illustrations) plus advertisements on all surfaces of the covers.
Stiffened wrappers lightly chipped (mainly along the slightly overlapping leading edges); spine a little sunned; short tear to the rear cover and last leaf expertly sealed; wrappers and adjacent leaves a little foxed, with occasional light foxing... Read complete entry
G.H. Cargeeg has a pictorial advertisement on the outside rear wrapper for his 'News- and General Advertising Agency', and on page 130 he appears as the manufacturer of 'Cargeeg's Chromograph, an Apparatus for Multiplying Copies ... without the Aid of a Press'. Not located in Trove.
Adelaide, Printed by Webb, Vardon, & Pritchard ('Published by G.H. Cargeeg, 87, King William Street' is printed on the front cover), 1887.
Octavo, xxxii, 164, , xxxiii-xliv pages with some in-text illustrations plus a two-colour and gilt advertising leaf for two German gunpowder mills (printed on card).
Wrappers with an expanded version of the title page on the front cover and advertisements on all other surfaces (including the spine); small piece missing from the foot of the spine, with trifling loss to the wrappers elsewhere to silverfish; light... Read complete entry
All pages with Roman numerals are advertisements, some of them with illustrations; eight of the leaves in the first section are printed on orange paper. Both inside, and the outside rear, surfaces of the wrappers indicate that the publisher was a 'sharebroker and mining agent', and that the 'Full issue of Official Catalogue' was 10,000 copies. Cargeeg was clearly of the entrepreneurial class, as he was operating a 'News- and General Advertising Agency' and manufacturing 'Cargeeg's Chromograph, an Apparatus for Multiplying Copies ... without the Aid of a Press' when he published the 1881 Adelaide Exhibition catalogue.
Octavo, 282 pages plus a folding double-sided plan (site plan recto, floor plans verso).
Original pictorial card covers, with a three-panel lithograph by 'Leo' on the front panel (featuring the 'Jubilee Exhibition' building, a bird's-eye view of 'Adelaide 1887', and the main bridge over the 'Torrens... Read complete entry
Not hinted at in the title is the main attraction to this item these days - the lengthy catalogue to the exhibition and index to the exhibitors (pages 189-279).
Adelaide, W.K. Thomas, 1911 [a new work - see footnote].
Octavo, [viii], 80, [4, detachable order forms for the publisher's newspapers, printed rectos only] pages with a few illustrations and numerous pictorial advertisements plus advertising on the covers.
Wrappers with the title page details repeated on the front cover; contemporary date (7 September 1911) stamped at the head of the front cover; a fine copy.
Reprinted from The Register and The Observer; a selection of some of the most educative and interesting articles from the 'Man on the Land' column. A pamphlet with the same title but containing a different selection of material was published twelve months earlier (with a second printing of 2000 copies also called for). This second selection includes articles on various aspects of animal husbandry, as well as vines, wattle bark, blacksmithing, charcoal, sparrow poisoning and potato growing - with as much space devoted to roses as to any topic.
Plain white wrappers (printed in red on the front cover and spine) lightly rubbed and marked, with a small chip near the head of the front hinge; minimal foxing; an excellent copy.
The half-title is inscribed in ink to 'Thorburn Robertson. Souvenir amical. Berthe Mouchette. Marie Lion'. The French-born Lion sisters, Berthe (Madame Mouchette, 1846-1928) and Marie (1855-1922), emigrated to Australia in 1881, settling first in Melbourne, moving in 1892 to Adelaide. They were artists and art teachers; Marie published novels under the pseudonym Noel Aimir, an anagram of her name. Her best-known work was published in 1911 under the title 'The Black Pearl'. (The biographical information comes from Joan Kerr and DAAO.) The recipient of this item was Thorburn Brailsford Robertson (1884-1930), the eminent biochemist. The book is in French; a cursory glance suggests it is an adventure-romance set in India, with a British hero and heroine.
A folding map (285 x 330 mm) with a neatly repaired (and insignificant) tear to the bottom margin under the title (which incidentally says about all that can be said about the content). South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 150 of 1883; only 620 copies of the map were published (without any accompanying text).
Large octavo, xxviii, 454 pages with a map plus 32 plates and 6 maps (including one folding map attached to the rear pastedown).
Original light blue cloth a little discoloured and slightly bumped at the corners; new front endpaper; small light marginal tidemark to the bottom corner of the last 25 leaves and 2 leaves of plates; a very good copy (no dustwrapper was issued).