Octavo, xx, 422 pages with 57 illustrations plus a colour frontispiece and 88 plates (all but two of them are from photographs by the author).
Gilt-decorated cloth slightly marked and bumped; a little sunned about the spine; top edge a little foxed; endpapers offset and slightly foxed; a few very small fox marks; ownership signature; frontispiece a little creased and slightly torn at the leading edge; inner hinge cracked but sound; a very good copy.
Sometime Chief Medical Inspector and Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Northern Territory, and Special Aborigines' Commissioner for the Federal and State Governments, 'anthropologist, geologist, explorer and medical practitioner ... [This publication was] a positive contribution at a time when little detailed material was available to the public. Basedow was not a socio-cultural anthropologist and was not in a position to provide a systematic analysis of aboriginal life. However, the book encapsulated his [first-hand] experience with the race over twenty years' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).