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Journal of an overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards of 3000 miles during the years 1844-1845.
London, T & W. Boone, 1847. Large 8vo (22.2 x 14.2 cm). xx, 544 pp., 16 pp. of advertisments of T. & W. Boone publications (including 8 pp. Australiana), seven aquatinted engraved plates including the frontispiece and several fine woodcuts in the text. Original blindstamped cloth. Gilt title on the spine. Yellow endpapers.l Rare first edition of these classic on the discovery of the Australian interior. Uncommon in its original cloth binding. Baker's History of geographical Discovery: "This expedition had accomplished its main purpose of finding a Route from the East to the North Coast and travelled through completely unknown country in 14 months". Includes for the first time observations on geology, botany and zoology and a lot about the unknown Natives... In the course of their harrowing journey, Leichhardt and his party traversed over three thousand miles of completely uncharted country between Moreton Bay (now Brisbane) and the coast of the Northern Territory, east of Darwin. In fourteen months, they opened a vast area of the interior. By the time they arrived in Port Essington it was believed that they had perished and expeditions had been sent out in search of them. This journey of exploration was one of the longest inland expeditions undertaken. Leichhardt was welcomed to Port Essington as a national hero. Both in front, and in the rear are catalogues of T. & W. Boone; the first containing works related to Australia and New Zealand, with extensive descriptions and quotes from the press. Some copies are sold with a large map. However, as note on p. x, "A large 3-sheet Map by J. Arrowsmith, explanatory of Dr. Leichhardt's Route, is published, and to be had separately, in a case". It therefore is not part of this work. Armorial bookplate of Richard Fort on the front pastedown. Vague removed stamp on the title page and stamps in the lower margin of every x-hundred and first page. Skillfully rebacked with original spine laid down. The plates without the usual foxing. Overall a very good, untrimmed, copy. Abbey 579; Ferguson, 4571.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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