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Journey across the Western Interior of Australia
London,: Sampson Low,, 1875.. Octavo, with frontispiece, plates, a large folding map; with a cancelled library stamp otherwise a good copy in contemporary cloth, gilt. The first edition of Warburton's narrative of his expedition from the Telegraph Line to the west coast which won the race to cross the continent from east to west.Warburton, a retired South Australian Police Commissioner, was funded in his quest by Sir Thomas Elder and Captain Walter William Hughes. En route he benefited enormously from an encounter at Charlotte Waters with Ernest Giles, who showed him his maps and suggested he take an alternate course from the one he had just endured.Although Warburton won the honours of the crossing over Giles and W.C. Gosse, it came at a high cost. In the harsh Great Sandy Desert his expedition deteriorated into an endless search for water. Within a few months half their camels were dead; provisions were low and much of their equipment had been lost. They reached the Oakover River just in time but even here they faced starvation and had to eat camel hide while waiting for help.Indeed, so terrible were the privations that Warburton suffered that he was physically unfit to prepare his journals for publication. The text of Warburton's own journals was edited by H.W. Bates of the Royal Geographical Society, and an historical account of exploration in the western third of the Australian continent was added by Charles Eden. The scientific content was arranged by Professor Owen, Dr Hooker, John Gould and Dr Henry Trimen.Wantrup, 201.
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