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BURGOYNE, GEO. AUG. - The Wool Marks Directory of Australia ... an alphabetical classification of wool marks, with the name of owner, station, postal address, and pastoral district in Australia and Tasmania.

Sydney, Burgoyne (slip pasted over the original John Sands imprint) [1889?]. Quarto publisher's morocco (scuffed and worn, front cover near detached); ii,248pp. Certainly used but rightly so and most acceptable. With the stamp of Melbourne wool buyers Hick, Kettlewell & Co. ¶ This compilation clearly took murderously assiduous patience and care and the result is a prosaic working book that would have attracted few rave reviews. But it is in its way a catalogue of the wealth of the country, identifying as it does near everything that came off the sheep's back, where it came from and who grew it. And presumably essential for buyers of Australian wool. At the end are marks Burgoyne could not trace to a property and he warns that some of these may be suspect: "dealers' mixed lots, speculative lots, and scoured lots of unknown origin." Hicks Kettlewell & Co was one of a few incarnations of the firm that started as W. & B. Hicks around 1850. Trove finds copies of this at the National Library and the Mitchell and Worldcat adds the University of California.
AUD 850.00 [Appr.: EURO 536.75 US$ 613.23 | £UK 481.75 | JP¥ 69003] Book number 10108

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