Octavo, x, 363 pages plus 2 folding colour maps and 2 mounted albumen paper photographs.
Contemporary gilt-decorated quarter calf and marbled papered boards; gilt-decorated spine; five raised spine bands; leather titling label; covers slightly rubbed, mainly at the extremities; calf on the covers slightly marked; binder's blanks and blank pages at the beginning and end of the book a little uniformly discoloured; trifling blemish to the front pastedown where a small label has been removed; very short tears near the stub of each map expertly repaired; an excellent copy.
The photographs are carte-de-visite portraits of Australian Aborigines: Tatambo, wearing a king plate (91 x 60 mm) and an unidentified woman (91 x 60 mm). Not in Ferguson (but see 6839 for the second edition). Although this work, the first of three volumes covering the author's world tour, went through at least a dozen editions in French and was translated into English (see Ferguson 6368-46 for some of them), this first edition is the only one with the original mounted photographs. 'The author reached Melbourne in 1866. He visited some of the Victorian towns and gold-fields, then toured in Tasmania and New South Wales, and passed to Malaya via the Barrier Reef and Torres Strait'.