Historical Sketch of Australian Federation. Extracted from The Year-Book of Australia, 1891
[Sydney], [No Publisher], 1891.
Octavo, [ii], 68 pages.
Bright red full limp morocco lettered in gilt on the front cover, with a single gilt rule border on both covers, all edges gilt; leather rubbed at the extremities, with slight loss to the head of the spine; the thin board and pastedown on the front cover are cracked, and there is a light crease down the centre of the leather, but the cover is quite stable; first and last pages discoloured by the acidic flyleaves; trifling loss to silverfish to the leading margin of a few leaves at the rear of the book; overall in excellent condition.
In a presentation binding, embossed in gilt on the front cover 'Presented to The Hon. Sir John Wm. Downer, K.C.M.G., Q.C., M.P.'. Sir John William Downer was one of the Fathers of Federation; this item was presumably given to him as a South Australian delegate at the National Australasian Convention in 1891. The armorial bookplate of A.R. Downer (Sir Alexander Russell Downer, 1910-1981, politician and diplomat, and Sir John's son) is mounted on the front pastedown.