The Narrinyeri. An Account of the Tribes of South Australian Aborigines inhabiting the Country around the Lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, and the Lower Part of the River Murray: their Manners and Customs, also an Account of the Mission at Port Macleay. By the Rev. George Taplin, Missionary to the Aborigines, Point Macleay, South Australia
Adelaide, J.T. Shawyer, Printer, 1874.
Octavo, iv, [ii], 107 pages plus an original albumen paper photographic frontispiece (184 x 113 mm).
Flush-cut black cloth with a large printed paper titling-label on the front cover; some loss to the bottom half of the label, confined mainly to the margins but with the loss of one word and a few letters of others in the bottom right-hand corner; a long split to the front outer hinge expertly closed; minimal loss to the head and foot of the spine; top and bottom edges of the rear cover a little rubbed and very slightly worn; minimal foxing; a very good copy (internally excellent).
The frontispiece, a Townsend Duryea photograph, is a composite of five numbered oval portraits; the identification key is printed on the verso of the title page. Ferguson 16706 (not identifying the photographer, and not indicating that the five photographic portraits are in fact one composite photograph). The revised second edition of this work (Ferguson 16707) does not retain the photograph; it contains six tinted lithographs, as does the version published in the 1879 collection of reprints, 'The Native Tribes of South Australia' (Ferguson 13095). Loosely inserted is a lengthy cutting from the Register, 24 April 1889: 'An Australian Native Fifty Years Ago' [By the Late Mr F.W. Taplin]', introduced thus: 'Subjoined is the lecture which was delivered by Mr Taplin before the Australian Natives' Association three nights before the author's tragic death in the Coffee Palace fire'. Frederick William Taplin (1853+-1889), a son of George Taplin, had succeeded him as superintendent of the mission (Australian Dictionary of Biography).