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STRZELECKI, Paul Edmund de
Physical Description of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land..
London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1845. Octavo, with a large folding map, frontispiece, 19 engraved and lithographed plates (including a folding geological schemata); some wear but generally very good in original blind-blocked publisher's cloth, endpapers renewed, some staining of the rear board, expertly rebacked retaining original cloth spine. Robert Edwards Collection. First edition of Count Strezlecki's remarkable account of the geology of south-eastern Australia derived from his extensive travels exceeding 7,000 miles in distance.Strzelecki travelled on foot with James Macarthur and a small party through New South Wales and across the Australian Alps, making the first ascent of Mount Kosciusko, which he named in honour of the Polish patriot. The party travelled south into Gippsland, which he named after the Governor and falsely claimed to have discovered, and then into Tasmania. Strzelecki's book marked the foundation of Australian palaeontology, and he was awarded the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society in London. It is remarkable for the fine lithographic plates of fossilised flora and fauna, as well as a large folding chart of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania coloured according to geological zones.
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