A Voyage to Terra Australis, undertaken for the Purpose of completing the Discovery of that Vast Country ... in the Years 1801, 1802, and 1803
Adelaide, Government Printer, 1989 [facsimile edition]/ 1814.
Large quarto, two volumes of text plus the elephant folio atlas (containing 18 charts and 10 plates).
Half dark blue leather and cream cloth; a fine set in the dark red felt-covered wooden box (still in the original printed carton, showing trifling signs of use).
The title page of the atlas volume of this set is inscribed 'To John, With many thanks for your wonderful interpretation of the Voyage / best wishes / Lisette Flinders Petrie / 30 March 2002'. Lisette Flinders Petrie, the great-great-granddaughter of Matthew Flinders, was in Australia at the time to celebrate the bicentenary of his circumnavigation of the continent. The recipient was maritime artist John Ford, and the event referred to in the inscription was his exhibition, 'Chart the Art of Discovery', held at that time. The books themselves are a superb production, limited to only 500 sets, and relatively few of them were issued in these boxes as advertised. Apparently the successful tender was paid out in full soon after the job began, and the box-maker was last seen heading for the hills (overseas) with the money and a big smile! The majority of sets were subsequently issued with perspex lids over the custom-made bases, and the lids proved to be totally inadequate.