Spencer's Scientific Correspondence with Sir J.G. Frazer and Others. Edited by R.R. Marett and T.K. Penniman
Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1932.
Octavo, xii (last blank), 174,  (colophon) pages with a map and 2 illustrations plus a tipped-in corrigenda slip.
Cloth lightly marked, and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; half-title and last (blank) page slightly offset; small stain to the bottom edge (of the rear half of the book near the corner, with minimal impact to the bottom margin); overall an excellent copy.
'The greater part of this book consists of the correspondence between Sir Baldwin Spencer and Sir James Frazer ... [and] these provide a nearly continuous account of the progress in method and discovery made by the Explorer during his three great Australian Expeditions'. These expeditions were conducted in conjunction with Francis James Gillen, Spencer's ''most important discovery' according to Professor Elliot Smith'. The introduction further states that 'The news of Gillen's death reached Spencer while he was camping on the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory. Through the kindness of Gillen's son, we are able to quote a part of Spencer's letter to Mrs. Gillen, dated June 18, 1912'. This copy of the book is signed on the flyleaf 'J.B. Gillen', Francis Gillen's son, and a finer association copy is hard to imagine (Spencer himself having died on a field trip to Tierra del Fuego in July 1929).