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STUART, John McDouall
Explorations in Australia. The Journals of John McDouall Stuart during the Years 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, & 1862, when he fixed the Centre of the Continent and successfully crossed it from Sea to Sea. Edited from Mr Stuart's Manuscript by William Hardman
Saunders, Ottley, London. London, Saunders, Ottley, 1864 [first edition]. Octavo, xxiv, 511 pages plus an original albumen paper photographic portrait frontispiece (oval-shaped, 68 × 55 mm), a sketch map and 12 wood engravings (by George French Angas) BUT lacking the folding map. The portrait (with the printed credit of 'Professor [Robert] Hall, Adelaide, Apr. 1863') is mounted above a facsimile inscription ('Your's truly | John McDouall Stuart'). Later (turn of the century) full blind-tooled calf, all edges dyed light green; gilt-lettered title-label in contrasting leather on the spine; the spine in compartments of geometric patterns with a small flower in each one, the sides with numerous double and triple fillets with the flower motif repeated in all corners, with blind inner dentelles (a superb Arts and Crafts Movement-inspired binding, with the 'Bound by F. Binns & Co. 70 Grenfell St, Adelaide' small paper label on the rear pastedown). Leather a little worn at the extremities; front joint split in the centre along half its length (but sound); rear flyleaf removed (attached to the missing map); light tidemark to the leading edge of the title leaf; old tissue-paper repair (on the verso) to a clean tear near the foot of one plate; minimal conservation to one plate and a pair of conjugate leaves that had worked loose (now restored); trifling signs of age and use; overall a very good copy, with singular provenance. The personal copy of Stephen King Jr (1841-1915), surveyor and unofficial artist on Stuart's sixth and final expedition (the first successful return crossing of … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Treloar Booksellers ANZAAB/ILAB [Adelaide, SA, Australia]

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