The Native Tribes of South Australia. Comprising The Narrinyeri, by the Rev. George Taplin; The Adelaide Tribe, by Dr. Wyatt, J.P.; The Encounter Bay Tribe, by the Rev. A. Meyer; The Port Lincoln Tribe, by the Rev. C.W. Schuermann; The Dieyerie Tribe, by S. Gason; Vocabulary of Woolner District Dialect (Northern Territory), by John Wm. Ogilvie Bennett; with an introductory chapter by J.D. Woods
Adelaide, E.S. Wigg and Son, 1879.
Octavo, xliv, 316 pages plus 8 tinted lithographs with tissue-guards.
Original publisher's gilt-decorated polished half blue calf and blue textured cloth, edges and endpapers marbled, with a contrasting leather tile-label on the spine; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities and lightly worn at the bottom corner tips; spine sunned and slightly marked; an excellent copy, internally very fine (and we know it to be uncirculated, as it comes from the publisher's archive).
An early collected reprint of works already scarce at the time; the lithographs and lengthy (34-page) introduction by Woods were new to this edition. Taplin's substantial contribution, The Narrinyeri (156 pages plus 6 preliminaries) is the text of the revised edition of 1878 (see his informative preface, dated 12 April 1878, at page [xliii]). The Wyatt contribution was not previously published as such; the text here was 'principally extracted from his official reports' stemming from his relatively short and unhappy time as the third South Australian Protector of the Aborigines, from 1837 to 1839 (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The contributions by Meyer, Schuermann, Gason and Bennett first appeared in 1846, 1846, 1874 and 1869 respectively. Ferguson 13095 (noting variant bindings).