London, George Allen, 1897 [three volumes, 'New Edition in Small Form') and 1898 [three volumes, 'Second Edition in Small Form').
Octavo, six volumes, over 350 pages per volume with hundreds of illustrations plus numerous plates.
Cloth lightly rubbed and marked; scattered foxing; an excellent set.
The flyleaf of the first volume bears the following inscription: 'These volumes were given by Sir Samuel Way Bart. C.J. to John William Downer & Una Stella Russell as a wedding present. 29 Nov. 1899'. The handwriting is not that of Way or Downer; we suggest Lady Way as a possibility. The Australian Dictionary of Biography will supply all the missing details about these significant nineteenth century Australian legal and political identities.