The Boat and the Caravan. A Family Tour through Egypt and Syria
London, David Bogue, 1850 (third edition)/ 1846.
Duodecimo, 441 pages plus 6 plates.
Contemporary full morocco extensively decorated in gilt, with gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt; endpapers offset and a little marked; some plates offset; an excellent copy.
An initial binder's blank is inscribed in ink 'To Mr J.H. Angas with Mrs Birks' kind regards. In memory of her late dear husband George Vause Birks'. John Howard Angas (1823-1904) was the second son of George Fife Angas. Dr George Vause Birks emigrated to South Australia with his wife and six sons in December 1853. 'Shortly after debarkation the family went to live at Angaston where the doctor practised for about eighteen months [before] dying by accident from a fall from a horse' (Birks Chemists website). Two of his sons, George and William, went on to found Birks Chemists (the name lives on); a third son, Charles, founded one of the best-known department stores in Adelaide (it merged with David Jones in 1954).