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Land, Labour, and Gold; or, Two Years in Victoria: with Visits to Sydney and Van Diemen's Land...
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855. Two volumes, octavo, original green cloth (joints expertly strengthened and headbands repaired); with the 24 pp. advertisements in the second volume not noted by Ferguson; very good set. The state of affairs before the Eureka Stockade. First edition of a classic; probably the best of the digger narratives, it is a lively account of colonial and goldfields life noted for its vivid immediacy. Howitt attempts a thorough critique of colonial society, informed by his own radical liberalism. Writing before Eureka, his candid and reasoned criticism of the land laws and the administration of the goldfields gave articulate expression to the concerns and aspirations of the emigrant diggers.This set is from the library of the Chambers Institution, with bookplates, and later from the collection of Dr. Robert Edwards, AO....
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