Ernest Giles's Explorations, 1872-76. South Australian Parliamentary Papers, 1872-76
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2000 [first thus]/ 1872 to 1876.
Octavo, xxiv, 379 pages with a group portrait frontispiece plus 5 folding maps.
Quarter calf and cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt; a fine copy.
Australian Parliamentary Editions Number 2. This is number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The parliamentary papers reprinted here are Number 21 of 1875, Number 215 of 1874, Number 22 of 1876 and Number 18* of 1876, dealing with Giles' first, second, fourth and fifth expeditions respectively. The maps have been reproduced from 'Australia Twice Traversed' (1889). The 18-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition. In this series, to 'make them easier to read the [original foolscap folio] format has been changed and the type reset in a more legible size'.