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EYRE, EDWARD JOHN: - Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and Overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the Years 1840-1; sent by the Colonists of South Australia, with the Sanction and Support of the Government: Including an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Aborigines and the State of their Relations with the Europeans. Two volumes. London, T. & W. Boone, 1845.

. Pp. xviii, (2), 448; vi, 512. With 22 lithographed plates and one woodcut illustration. The two separately published maps by Arrowsmith are here supplied in facsimile. Publisher's blind-stamped green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Bookplate (John Robertson). A wonderful copy of the first edition, probably a later issue (see Wantrub), which didn't include the maps. Includes Appendices by John Gould on birds of Southern Australia and by J.E. Gray on South Australian animals, amphibians and reptiles. "In 1839 Eyre made two expeditions, from Adelaide to Lake Torrens, and from Port Lincoln to Streaky Bay. In June 1840 he set out on his most notable expedition, westward from Adelaide along the Great Australian Bight, with one white companion (Baxter) and three natives. Baxter was murdered by two of the natives, and Eyre and the remaining Aborigine reached Albany only after a desperate journey. Eyre includes in his relations considerable valuable material on the Aborigines and their habits". (Ferguson). Eyre was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. Coles 472. Ferguson 4031. Wantrub 133a.
EUR 2600.00 [Appr.: US$ 2768.24 | £UK 2244 | JPą 428404] Book number 29149

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