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DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA; with an account of the Coasts and Rivers explored and surveyed during the Voyage of HMS Beagle, in the Years 1837.43. Also a narrative of Captain Owen Stanley's visits to the islands of the Arafura Sea
T and W Boone, London, 1846 - Book Description: T and W Boone, London, 1846. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Good+ First Edition. 8vo. Two volumes, first edition, in a first issue binding, , 3 (of 8) maps see photos, one heavily repaired and another mounted on board, lacks 2 plates called for but includes one "skulls" shown in photo but not appearing in index, 14 engravings, all plates spotted to a greater or lesser degree, original blue cloth, blind embossed. Offered together with a South Australian Libraries Board facsimile edition, complete with all maps, plates etc. in near fine condition as a reference and reading copy. You are purchasing the 1st Ed AND the facsimile. An oppourtunity to own a significant exploration title at approximately half the "market" price. Following the second voyage of the Beagle, Stokes was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and served under Commander John Clements Wickham for a survey of Australasian waters. When Wickham was invalided in 1841, Stokes took command of the ship. While Stokes was in command the Beagle surveyed Timor and New Zealand, returning to England in 1843. When he returned he wrote Discoveries in Australia, with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of the Beagle, 1837–1843; it was published in 1846. A rare and important book on Australia, "is essential to a collection relating to coastal waters" Wantrup) Australian Rare Books 1780-1850. Stokes served on the Beagle for 18 years from 1825. After its famous circumnavigation with Darwin the boat was commissioned to "survey Australian waters, arriving in December 1837. Stokes was the first person to discover and name the Victoria River and Port Darwin. In March 1841 Stokes succeeded Wickham in command of the Beagle. He surveyed part of the Gulf of carpentaria and named the Flinders and Albert Rivers" (Australian Dictionary of Biography, Ferguson IV, 4406, Wantrup 89a. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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