An Australian Youth among Desert Aborigines. Journal of an Expedition among the Aborigines of Central Australia. With an introduction by Charles P. Mountford
Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964 [first and only edition].
Quarto, [iv], 123 pages with a few illustrations plus 19 plates and a folding map; loosely inserted is a printed note from the publisher regarding Appendices 2 and 3, referred to but not included in the journal ('They were incomplete at the time of Mr Sheard's death').
Cloth; bottom corners bumped (impacting slightly on the text-block as well); an excellent copy (no dustwrapper was issued).
Lauri Sheard was eighteen years old when he accompanied Charles Mountford as his assistant on this Adelaide University Field Expedition to Ernabella, the Musgraves, Mann Ranges, Ayers Rock and Mt Olga in June-October 1940. He died on active service over New Guinea in 1942. This copy carries a lengthy inscription to Charles Mountford signed by Harold Sheard and his wife: 'To our dear friends Bessie J. and Charles P. Mountford with all our love, & our heartfelt thanks for all you did for Lauri, the beautiful introduction to this book, & the long years of friendship with us ... 'Lauriston', Port Elliot', 14 May 1964. A scarce book in any event, this is a unique copy with its moving personal tribute.