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STURT, CHARLES: - Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia performed under the authority of her Majesty's Government, during the years 1844, 5 and 6. Together with a notice of the province of South Australia in 1847. Two volumes. London, T. & W. Boone, 1849.

Pp. x, iv, 5-416; vi, 308, appendix 92. Our copy is without the advertisement. With two frontipieces, one folding sketch map (tear at fold) and 14 (of 16) plates, of which 2 are hand coloured natural history plates by John Gould. The 2 missing hand coloured plates (of "mus conditor" and "milvus affinis") are supplied in facsimile. The appendices in volume one are by John Gould with a "Botanical Appendix" by Robert Brown. Stain to some of the plates. Small hole on one leaf (255/256) with slight loss of text. Contemporary blue half calf on marbled boards, rebacked with original spines preserved, spines with five raised bands decorated in gilt and with red title labels. Speckled edges. Bookplate. "The geographical result of Sturt's last expedition, the first into the heart of the continent, were significant. He determined the confluence of the Darling and the Murray, settled speculation about a vast inland sea, found no evidence of a large central river, and determined that there was no central dividing range. The expedition was also responsible for major discoveries, especially the discovery and exploration of Cooper's Creek, the Stony Desert, and the Simpson Desert. For his labours in the cause of Australian discovery Sturt was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographic Society in 1847 and hailed as a national hero". (Wantrup pp. 195-6). Ferguson 5202. Wantrup 119.
EUR 960.00 [Appr.: US$ 1084.63 | £UK 840.75 | JPą 120053] Book number 29138

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