Octavo; laminated colour pictorial card covers with flaps; a fine copy.
Inscribed and signed by Ron Radford (then director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, now director of the National Gallery of Australia), who wrote the foreword and introduction, to Leslie Thompson, whose contribution to the organisation of this edition is acknowledged in the foreword .
Folio, x, 350 pages with maps and hundreds of illustrations (from photographs).
Papered boards; a fine copy with the lightly rubbed and scuffed dustwrapper.
Inscribed and signed by the author. Compiled from letters, diaries and manuscripts; the illustrations are predominantly portraits. Offered with an excellent copy of the 1993 Supplementary Edition (16 pages in card covers, consisting primarily of portraits of members of the battalion, many of whom had died in action, discovered in State Records after the major work had been published). Trigellis-Smith 247 (not noting the Supplementary Edition).
Original quarter cloth and card covers; a fine copy.
This issue also contains CAMPBELL, Dr T.D.: Notes on the Aborigines of the South-East of South Australia (11 pages with a map) as well as MAWSON, Sir Douglas: The Arltunga and Karoonda Meteorites (6 pages) .
Quarto,  pages with diagrams plus 6 folding kinship charts.
Original card covers; a fine copy.
This issue also contains LOVE, J.R.P.: Worora Kinships (2 pages plus a folding kinship chart) and COOPER, H.M.: Stone Implements from a Mangrove Swamp at South Glenelg (3 pages with 11 small illustrations).
Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964.
Quarto, [vi], xxii, 443 pages plus 18 maps and 62 plates.
Cloth a little marked on the rear cover; edges foxed; small mark to the top edge (bleeding slightly into the top margin of some leaves); endpapers offset; a very good copy (issued without a dustwrapper).
Not least, of considerable Central Australian interest.
Octavo,  pages with a map plus 4 small plates; two errata leaves (versos blank) are loosely inserted.
Original card covers; a fine copy.
This issue also contains BOEREE, R.M.: Past and Present of Rural Eyre Peninsula (16 pages with 4 maps); FINNIS, H.J.: Village Settlements on the River Murray (20 pages); NEWLAND, B.C.: The Mountain that moved (18 pages with an illustration and a map) and THOMSON, Keith W.: Urban Settlement and the Wheat Frontier in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia (13 pages with 3 diagrams and a map plus 2 pages of plates).
Quarto; decorated cloth lightly bumped at the extremities; one corner a trifle sunned; initial leaves cockled (due to tipped-in letter, now removed); an excellent copy with the celluloid dustwrapper slightly torn with slight loss.
Inscribed, dated (Dublin, 1965) and signed by the editor to 'the Rymills'.
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1946 [first edition].
Octavo, x, 97 pages with numerous illustrations plus a frontispiece.
Cloth slightly bowed and sunned; a very good copy.
With the ownership signature (dated 25 October 1946) of [Sir] Herbert Mayo (sometime judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia). Laid down on the flyleaf is a handwritten letter signed by Herbert Mayo's son, George. The book's description, neatly clipped from the dustwrapper, is laid down on the front pastedown. Illustrated by John Hookham.
London-born Arthur Gask married a fellow-dentist's daughter in August 1898; they were to have four children. 'He divorced his wife on 19 July 1909 and on 13 September that year married the children's nursemaid Marion' at a London registry office. Gask emigrated to Adelaide in 1920, accompanied by Marion, their two sons, and a daughter of his first marriage. 'He set up practice in rooms on North Terrace where he was among the first in the city to carry out extractions with gas.... [Tall], slim and moustached, he was suave and successful, and enjoyed telling his captive patients 'off-colour' jokes. He was amiable, but eccentric, and made kleptomaniac raids on his local pharmacist. Although he was an agnostic, Gask liked to discuss religion. While waiting for his patients, he began writing crime fiction'. This potted biography should give some inkling that the letters may not be entirely routine. All of them are very personal - books, family, health, sex, drugs, suicide - with the early ones particularly bleak. We leave the details to the lucky purchaser ... Edward Angas Johnson (1873-1951) was an Adelaide medical practitioner, prominent in public health circles; his grandmother was a daughter of George Fife Angas. 'His hobby was collecting curios and historical relics, especially those relating to South Australian history. This remarkable collection and his library were distributed to public institutions before his death' (all biographical details from the Australian Dictionary of Biography). The letters are inserted in a copy of the autobiography of John Bland-Sutton, 'The Story of a Surgeon' (London, 1930), along with letters from other prominent medical friends, namely Frederic Wood Jones, Alan Lendon and Andrew Abbie (all of them critical of Bland-Sutton).
Duodecimo, three volumes bound as one, viii, 233; iv, 220 and iv, 236 pages.
Contemporary half calf and marbled papered boards; leather slightly rubbed and bumped, with slight wear to the corners and light tidemarks to the leather on the panels near the spine; marbled paper heavily rubbed and a little marked; light waterstain... Read complete entry
Inscribed in ink on an early binder's blank 'Bought at the sale / of Governor Gawler's effects / May 27, 1841. J F'. Unfortunately it is not James Hurtle Fisher - we have checked! There are approximately 40 male JFs in the 1841 South Australian census (and Fisher is not listed), and easily half as many women, so we leave the detective work to those with more spare time. A name on both the pastedown and front flyleaf has been blacked out at a very early stage; we suspect underneath the black ink it reads 'George Gawler' but again we leave the forensics to the experts. One thing we can say is that when Colonel George Gawler (1795-1869) was summarily dismissed from his post as South Australia's second governor on 11 May 1841 when Captain George Grey knocked on his door, he lost no time in clearing the decks. The 'Register' of the following Saturday, 22 May, contains a large advertisement for a public sale to be conducted by the Adelaide Auction Company, acting 'under instructions from Colonel Gawler to sell ... on Wednesday next, at twelve precisely, his surplus Furniture and effects'. Before the 'very elegant and useful' carriage and 'A lot of pigs', but after the superb piano with 'extra set of Strings, Oilcloth Cover, Canterbury, Tuning Key and pair of elegant Music Stools', a pair of globes, 'iron bedsteads (brass ornaments) with mattress, bolster, and pillows' and '300 ounces of useful plate, in spoons, forks, fish slices, butter knives, teapots, ladles, &c.', there are 'About 200 volumes of books'. This item is one of them. Consult the Australian Dictionary of Biography for the potted history of Gawler's 31 months in South Australia, from his arrival in October 1838 with the task of rendering 'viable the experiment in systematic, self-supporting colonization' until he was abandoned as the scapegoat under 'the combined weight of outraged Wakefield theorists, commissioners anxious to whitewash themselves, and enemies of the colony'. He left Adelaide a month later on the 'Dumfries'. This small volume, with its curiously affecting inscription inserted on the day by someone with a sense of history in the making, is a wonderful footnote to the story.
London, Macmillan, 1885 (second edition, revised and enlarged).
Octavo, xvi, 992 pages with over 430 illustrations plus a folding frontispiece line illustration of the Grand Canyon.
Cloth a little flecked and lightly bumped and rubbed at the extremities; edges, inside surfaces of the flyleaves and the adjacent leaves a little foxed, with minimal light foxing elsewhere; a very good copy.
The half-title is inscribed to 'Mr (Voss) Wyburd, from Dr Verco, Adelaide, S.A.'. The donor was Sir Joseph Cooke Verco (1851-1933), physician and conchologist, 'whose gifts of shells, specimens, books, apparatus and money to the South Australian Museum eventually helped to form one of the world's outstanding collections' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The recipient was a pioneering Jenolan Caves guide.
Wrappers slightly chipped at the head and foot of the spine and along the rear bottom edge; slight waterstaining near the top edge of the wrappers, the first leaf and three plates, with very slight cockling to the top margin of a few leaves; a good... Read complete entry
This issue also contains O'HALLORAN, T.: From Adelaide along the River Murray to the Rufus and Lake Victoria (22 pages; from an 1841 journal) and SKIPPER, Octavius: Reminiscences of Fifty-two Years (13 pages).
Foolscap folio, 24 pages plus 4 folding colour maps (515 x 445 mm, 390 x 330 mm, 270 x 335 mm and 270 x 335 mm).
Titling-wrappers, stapled as issued; first leaf very slightly chipped, with the loss of a tiny piece from the bottom right-hand corner (and an even tinier piece from the corner of the second leaf); an excellent copy.
Northern Territory of South Australia Parliamentary Paper Number 50 of 1907; one of only 600 copies. A very detailed account of the expedition from the Petermann and Treuer Ranges to Tanami by camel from September 1905 to September 1906; F.R. George died of illness on the expedition. McLaren 8950 and 13940.
Adelaide, Sud-Australische Zeitung, 1870 and 1871.
Large octavo, two volumes, [ii], 620, 526 and [ii], 638 pages.
Contemporary half roan and marbled papered boards rubbed at the extremities and on the covers, with some wear to the corners; scattered foxing and mild signs of use and age; essentially a very good copy (first volume): contemporary half calf and cloth... Read complete entry
These are bound volumes of weekly issues of the literary supplement to the long-running Adelaide German-language newspaper 'Sud-Australische Zeitung'. Offered here is the complete run of the 52 weekly issues of the twelfth year (1870) and issues 27-52 of the thirteenth year (4 July to 26 December, 1871). The indexes show that the contents are mainly short novels by German authors.
Adelaide, Sudaustralischen Distrikts der Ev.luth Synode in Australien, 1905.
Octavo, 76 pages.
Wrappers (with the full title page details repeated within an ornamental border, and with the addition of the price of 9 pence, on the front cover); wrappers a little marked, creased and lightly chipped, with a light tidemark to the rear one; trifling... Read complete entry
Printed by Oscar Muller and Company at Hochkirch in the Western District of Victoria. The town was renamed Tarrington in March 1918 as a response to anti-German sentiments.
Lyndoch, 'veroffentlicht gratis' (published free) by the Author (and printed by Auricht at Tanunda), 1904.
Octavo, 23 pages.
Salmon-coloured wrappers, with the full title page details repeated within a decorative border on the front panel; wrappers slightly marked and sunned, with two light creases diagonally across the entire pamphlet; a very good copy.
On the institution of marriage. A rare regional imprint, with only two copies recorded on Trove.
Card covers; small crease to the front bottom corner; a fine copy.
This issue also contains SYMES, G.W.: Exploring in the MacDonnell Ranges, 1870-1872 (17 pages with a map plus a plate); PRICE, A. Grenfell: The Winning of Australian Antarctica. Sir Douglas Mawson's BANZARE Voyages (8 pages); COCHRANE, G. Ross: The Renmark Fruit Growing District (16 pages with a diagram and 4 maps plus 2 pages of plates) and CROSS, J.: Wilton Hack and Japanese Immigration into North Australia (5 pages).
Adelaide, Southern Heritage, May 2014 (second impression)/ November 2013.
Quarto, viii, 679 pages with several maps and numerous illustrations.
Colour pictorial papered boards; a mint copy.
'South Australia has a reputation for being different. Conceived as a 'province' fully formed, it was the only colony to be founded by an Act of the British parliament. The ideals present at its founding in 1836 included enlightened aspirations towards the Aboriginal inhabitants. In colonial times it succeeded in becoming the granary of the Australian continent, though limited resources often handicapped it. Adelaide, the colony's capital, exercised an influence over the colony unmatched by the capitals in other Australian colonies. This book seeks to explore the South Australian experience to the time of Australia's federation in 1901' (publisher's blurb).
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1995 (facsimile edition)/ .
Octavo, [vi], xii, 172 pages plus 4 pages of plates and a folding map.
Cloth; a fine copy.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 207; one of 500 copies. 'In 1870 Giles was engaged as second-in-command of John Ross's expedition to fix the course of the overland telegraph line' (Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography); this account describes the author's experiences over the following two years and five months, and was compiled from his contemporary notebooks. .
Cloth; a fine copy (without a dustwrapper, as issued).
One of only 160 numbered copies. A new edition of the rare 1875 first printings (South Australian Parliamentary Papers Number 215 of 1874 and Number 21 of 1875), here incorporating about fifty author's corrections. An account of Giles' first expedition from August to November 1872; although unsuccessful in his attempt 'to penetrate to the sources of the Murchison River', he named Palm Valley (Glen of Palms), Mt Olga and Lake Amadeus.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2000 [first thus]/ 1872 to 1876.
Octavo, xxiv, 379 pages with a group portrait frontispiece plus 5 folding maps.
Quarter calf and cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt; a fine copy.
Australian Parliamentary Editions Number 2. This is number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The parliamentary papers reprinted here are Number 21 of 1875, Number 215 of 1874, Number 22 of 1876 and Number 18* of 1876, dealing with Giles' first, second, fourth and fifth expeditions respectively. The maps have been reproduced from 'Australia Twice Traversed' (1889). The 18-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition. In this series, to 'make them easier to read the [original foolscap folio] format has been changed and the type reset in a more legible size'.
Melbourne, Printed for the Author by McCarron, Bird, 1875.
Octavo, [iv], 223 pages plus a large folding map (320 x 570 mm).
Original blind-stamped brown cloth with the gilt 'View of Mt Olga from 60 miles West' on the front cover; spine lettering now lacking the gilt; cloth flecked, a little marked and rubbed at the extremities, with a little wear to the head of... Read complete entry
Melbourne, Printed for the Author by McCarron, Bird, 1875.
Octavo, [iv], 223 pages plus a large folding map (320 x 570 mm).
Original blind-stamped dark green cloth with the gilt 'View of Mt Olga from 60 miles West' on the front cover; cloth lightly marked, with minimal wear to the corners and a tiny horizontal split along the blind-stamping near the head of the... Read complete entry
Inscribed (by Baron Ferdinand von Mueller) 'To Dr H.A. John Clarke FRCS as a mark of respect from the originator of these enterprises'. Von Mueller was entrusted with 'the task of revising [Giles's] journals for the press ... as he has entered already anew the field of geographic exploration'. A short newspaper cutting (dated 11 October 1909) recording the death of Jesse [sic] Young, who accompanied Giles in 1875 from Adelaide to Perth, is loosely inserted.
Giles' third expedition, to the west of South Australia. Number 307 of 500 numbered copies, reset from the first (and only other) edition of 1880, with minor corrections plus 'the accounts of the expedition, brief though they are, recorded by his companions Tietkens, Young and Ross'.
Giles' third expedition, to the west of South Australia. Number 41 of 500 numbered copies, reset from the first (and only other) edition of 1880, with minor corrections plus 'the accounts of the expedition, brief though they are, recorded by his companions Tietkens, Young and Ross'.
One of only 210 numbered copies; reprinted from The Adelaide Observer, 3 February 1883. 'Mr Ernest Giles, the explorer, has furnished us with the following notes of his late trip west of the Peake and neighbouring regions, which, although essentially a private expedition, will be seen to present points of general interest'.
The watercolour is on paper (140 x 225 mm), laid down on an old mount, once framed but now removed, with traces of an overmount visible on the margins of the artwork. The painting is in excellent condition, and it would be an ideal candidate for reframing. Harry Pelling Gill (1855-1916), art curator and teacher, was born in England; he trained and taught at the Royal College of Art from 1877-82. He was then appointed master of the school of design in Adelaide. 'He arrived in Adelaide in September and organized elementary and advanced classes, instruction in crafts, teaching of drawing and correspondence lessons. He also gave instruction to trainee teachers.... In 1889 Gill became director for technical art ... He published books on geometrical drawing and design ... In 1892 he was appointed honorary curator of the art gallery and, following the resignation in December of Louis Tannert as master of the school of painting, Gill assumed control of all the board's art teaching activities.... Gill had shown promise as an artist and hoped to win repute in Australia. However, teaching and administration had left little time for his painting. His rare decorative and aesthetic compositions, and also his landscapes, are painted with meticulous detail without sacrificing the overall unified effect. This is a quality passed on to some of his students, including the Hambidge sisters and Gustave Barnes in his early work. Gill's landscapes and some of his interiors show that he was interested in the accurate rendering of light - a rare quality in Adelaide before 1900' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Gill travelled to England and Europe in 1899, and he went to New Zealand in early 1907. However, he appears not to have visited England the year he produced this watercolour of Windsor Castle.
The watercolour is on paper (135 x 227 mm), unmounted as produced; apart from a tiny light crease to one top corner, it is in fine condition. It is undated, but probably circa 1900. Harry Pelling Gill (1855-1916), art curator and teacher, was born in England; he trained and taught at the Royal College of Art from 1877-82. He was then appointed master of the school of design in Adelaide. 'He arrived in Adelaide in September and organized elementary and advanced classes, instruction in crafts, teaching of drawing and correspondence lessons. He also gave instruction to trainee teachers.... In 1889 Gill became director for technical art ... He published books on geometrical drawing and design ... In 1892 he was appointed honorary curator of the art gallery and, following the resignation in December of Louis Tannert as master of the school of painting, Gill assumed control of all the board's art teaching activities.... Gill had shown promise as an artist and hoped to win repute in Australia. However, teaching and administration had left little time for his painting. His rare decorative and aesthetic compositions, and also his landscapes, are painted with meticulous detail without sacrificing the overall unified effect. This is a quality passed on to some of his students, including the Hambidge sisters and Gustave Barnes in his early work. Gill's landscapes and some of his interiors show that he was interested in the accurate rendering of light - a rare quality in Adelaide before 1900' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This charming painting - of coastal tea tree (or similar) flourishing prominently against a backdrop of a few substantial dwellings scattered along a line in the relatively featureless landscape - certainly satisfies these criteria.
Gilt-pictorial full red roan, top edge gilt, others uncut; leather a little rubbed, a little discoloured on the spine and lightly marked on the front cover; an excellent copy.
Number 92 of only 200 copies numbered and signed by Thomas Gill. This is a deluxe, enlarged edition of a work first published as the Supplement to Volume 11 of the Proceedings of the RGSSA in the same year. The extra material includes text, maps and facsimile documents.
Adelaide, Vardon & Sons, Printers [for the RGSSA], 1912.
Octavo, [viii], 101 pages plus 22 plates (one folding), 2 folding facsimile documents (8 and 4 pages respectively), a folding map and a tipped-in errata slip.
Original half black leather and dark green cloth; leather a little rubbed at the extremities, cloth slightly flecked and scuffed; endpapers a little discoloured at the corners by the leather turn-ins; minor silverfish nibbling to the rear endpaper; an... Read complete entry
Loosely inserted is the illustrated front panel of a mailing cover (wrapped around a periodical when posted, for example) from George Collingridge's Jave-la-Grande Library, addressed to Gill; the two NSW centenary penny stamps on it are postmarked 1893.
Original orange cloth with black lettering and decorative border; endpapers discoloured (by the acidic boards); extremities very slightly rubbed; an excellent copy.
Prepared for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London in 1886; with an attractive lithographed title-page (signed 'Leo'); this copy has a presentation inscription from the author (dated 31 May 1886). 'It is to be regretted that some legislation was not passed in the early days of the colony, enforcing the lodgment in the South Australian Institute of a copy of every colonial publication'. With an eight-page bibliography of the Northern Territory (plus extra material in the appendix).
Octavo, [ii], 118 pages with an attractive lithographed pictorial title page (signed 'Leo').
Original mustard-yellow cloth with black lettering and decorative borders; cloth very lightly marked and flecked; endpapers offset; an excellent copy (essentially unused).
Inscribed to 'His Honor [sic] Mr Justice Boucaut, from the compiler, Adelaide 18th May 1886'. Sir James Penn Boucaut (1831-1916) was twice Premier of South Australia and for 27 years a Supreme Court judge. The work was prepared for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London in 1886; it includes an eight-page bibliography of the Northern Territory (plus extra material in the appendix). Ferguson 9925.
Original orange cloth with black lettering and decorative border; endpapers discoloured (by the acidic boards); covers slightly bumped, rubbed and marked; a very good copy.
Prepared for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London in 1886; with an attractive lithographed title-page (signed 'Leo'). With an eight-page bibliography of the Northern Territory (plus extra material in the appendix).
Octavo, [ii, pictorial lithographic title page, signed 'Leo'], 118 pages.
Original orange cloth with black lettering and a decorative border; flyleaves offset; a fine copy.
Prepared for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London in 1886; with a presentation inscription from the author to J.G.O. Tepper (see below). 'It is to be regretted that some legislation was not passed in the early days of the colony, enforcing the lodgment in the South Australian Institute of a copy of every colonial publication' (from the author's preface). An eight-page bibliography of the Northern Territory (plus extra material in the appendix) is included. With the later pencilled ownership initials of Tom Austen Brown. [J.G.O. Tepper (1841-1923), born in Prussia, arrived in South Australia in 1847: school teacher, natural history collector and entomologist].
Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd, 1962 (first edition in English).
Octavo, viii, 198 pages.
Cloth; front flyleaf lightly marked; a fine copy with the unclipped dustwrapper slightly sunned, rubbed, chipped and creased, with a few tiny edge tears.
'Kurt Godel's astonishing discovery and proof, published in 1931, that even in elementary parts of arithmetic there exist propositions which cannot be proved or disproved within the system, is one of the most important contributions to logic since Aristotle' (from the translator's short preface). Braithwaite's introduction runs to 32 pages. This copy comes from the library of Brian Medlin, with his contemporary ownership signature (1962) on the flyleaf, a short ink line in the margin of three pages of Godel's work, and two annotations to the introduction (an addendum of about 20 words on page 8, and a corrigendum of six words on page 10). Brian Medlin (1927-2004) was Foundation Professor of Philosophy at Flinders University from 1967 to 1988. His online obituary by John Schumann is well worth reading.
Small quarto; stiffened card slightly marked, sunned and bumped; front pastedown lightly bubbled (a production flaw); an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper unevenly sunned and slightly chipped with very slight loss.
With the contemporary ownership signature of [Professor] Brian Medlin. One of the Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics series.
Large octavo, 16 pages plus 2 folding maps and advertisements on three panels of the wrappers.
Original salmon-pink wrappers with the title page details repeated within a border on the front cover; wrappers slightly chipped (at the rear) and creased, with minor wear to the foot of the spine; first and last pages uniformly discoloured; an... Read complete entry
Reprinted from 'The Register', 'The Adelaide Observer' and 'The Evening Journal'.
Large octavo, 37 pages plus advertising on the wrappers.
Light green wrappers with the title page repeated within a border on the front cover; small light tidemark to the foot of the front cover and the first few leaves; a small rust-coloured stain affects the first half of the pamphlet (maximum size 20 x... Read complete entry
Reprinted from 'The Register', 'The Adelaide Observer' and 'The Evening Journal'. 'With the Compliments of the Commissioner of Crown Lands of the State of South Australia' is printed at the head of the front cover.
Adelaide, C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, 1908 [first edition].
Quarto, [viii], 344 pages with numerous photographic illustrations (many full-page), including tables and maps plus 33 plates (most full-page) and 2 maps (one coloured).
Original colour pictorial olive green cloth; covers slightly rubbed, marked and scuffed; extremities slightly bumped; bottom corners a little bumped (with associated light creasing); top edge slightly marked; initial leaves a little lightly offset and... Read complete entry
Duodecimo, viii, 146, (6, publisher's catalogue) pages plus a folding hand-coloured map (170x300mm).
Original blind-stamped brown cloth very slightly marked, with the spine and a thin strip on the rear cover a little sunned; extremities a little rubbed; edges and early leaves a little foxed; a very good copy.
The map, 'Part of South Australia from the Surveys of Colonel Light', with an inset map of Australia, appears only in this second edition.
Octavo, 239 pages plus 2 plates (a frontispiece portrait and 'Mr Gouger's Tent and Hut' opposite page 103).
Cloth very slightly flecked; front flyleaf and half-title discoloured by a relevant newspaper clipping (still present but now wrapped in acid-free tissue); paper a little discoloured around the edges (as ever); an excellent copy.
The first publication of these important foundation journals. The loosely inserted newspaper clipping contains an article from 'The Advertiser', 3 June 1933, written by the Reverend John Blacket: 'The debt of gratitude that we, as colonists today, owe him is beyond expression'. Ferguson 10475 (noting only the frontispiece portrait).
Small octavo, 63 pages plus 6 pages of illustrations and a tipped-in advertising slip (for Otto Boettger, scientific instrument maker, Flinders Street, Adelaide).
Flush-cut limp cloth, slightly sunned around the edges; bottom edge of endpapers slightly waterstained; small pieces missing from the pastedowns, and a large corner piece torn from the front flyleaf; front pastedown cracked; a good copy (much better... Read complete entry
'This little book is intended to give persons engaged in prospecting, but who may not be thoroughly conversant with ores, minerals, &c., a ready means of identifying and, at the same time, ascertaining their value'.
Foolscap folio, 8 pages plus copies of two enclosures with the tender forms: a folding plan showing the proposed system of surveying sections (approximately 260 x 315 mm) and a large folding colour map, 'Sketch Map of the North Territory Country in the vicinity of Adam Bay, constructed by J.W.O. Bennett, Draughtsman, from data and instructions furnished by the Hon. B.T. Finniss, L.Col. V.M.F., Govt. Resident Northern Territory. Showing approximately the tracks of the various explorers of the N.T. and t
Modern cloth with the title in gilt on the front cover; light marginal foxing to the text and folding plan, with light waterstains to the leading edge of the last leaf; the folding map is foxed (confined mainly to the wide unprinted margins and blank... Read complete entry
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 100 of 1868-69. It contains full details of the nine tenders for the survey of 420,000 acres of land in the Northern Territory, together with a report on them by George Goyder, the Surveyor-General. He saw fit to consider seriously only one of the tenders, and his concluding remarks suggest the ultimate course of action: 'it only remains to be considered whether an efficient party, organized and equipped by the Government, and the additional information gained thereby, would not be infinitely preferable to the bare local description of the country actually operated on by the contractors'. The very detailed map may be seen as a monument to Bennett, who returned with Goyder's party, only to meet his death by spearing on 29 May 1869. Offered together with a copy of the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, Volume 79, 1978, containing a relevant article by Michael Williams: 'George Woodroofe Goyder - a Practical Geographer' (22 pages with 3 maps and 3 plates). Also included is a signed copy of the recent biography of Goyder by Janis Sheldrick: 'Nature's Line. George Goyder. Surveyor, Environmentalist, Visionary' (Wakefield Press, 2013; octavo, xiv, 458 pages plus 28 colour illustrations and endpaper maps; papered boards with the dustwrapper).
The story of George Woodroofe Goyder, Surveyor-General of South Australia who, with a hand-picked party of 150 men, in the six months from February 1869 'selected Palmerston as the capital site and ... accomplished the survey of 665,886 acres'. This issue also contains BUTLER, Harry: The Canning Stock Route (16 pages with 3 maps and a plate) and WHITAKER, Chris: Captain Charles Sturt's Cannon? (5 pages with a plate).
Overlapping cord-bound card covers (with a small plate of a coronet laid down on the front cover); leaves slightly cockled; an excellent copy.
One of only 70 copies. Loosely inserted is 'Yes. I Remember Chinkapook' (Lyndoch, Pump Press, 1994; oblong octavo; folded card with a tipped-in photograph; a fine copy), and a handwritten note (dated 17 December 1994) to Sir Walter Crocker from Gerald Fischer.