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Journey Across the Western Interior of Australia
London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1875. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. With an Introduction and Additions by Charles H. Eden, edited by H.W. Bates. ix, [3], 307 + 40 ad pp. With frontispiece, title vignette of the Warburton Beetle, and 8 other plates, large folding map at rear. 22 x14 cm, green cloth binding by Burn & Co, re-backed with original cloth laid down, decorated in gilt and black, beveled edges. Map has some professional restoration. Warburton, a colonel in the Volunteer Military Force, departed from South Australia in 1872 as leader of an expedition hoping to link the province with Western Australia. The expedition had financial backing and was provided with seventeen camels and six months supplies, but journey took considerably longer, leaving the party to suffer long periods of extreme heat with little water, and in the end to survive only by killing the camels for meat. In January 1874 they arrived at De Grey station in Western Australia, having become the first to cross the continent from the center to the west. Warburton was by then near death and blind in one eye (ABD). This edited version of his expedition journal makes for lively reading, and is prefaced by a lengthy and useful summary of several previous expeditions.
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