The South Australian Institute: comprising the Public Library, Art Gallery and Museums. Addresses delivered at the laying of the foundation stone by His Excellency Sir W.F. Drummond Jervois ... Governor of South Australia; by the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Rowland Rees ... and by the Minister controlling Education, Hon. Thos. King MP. November 7, 1879. With a sketch of the initiation and progress of the SA Institute, a description of the proposed building, and an account of the ceremony
Adelaide, W.K. Thomas, 1879.
Octavo, 29 pages plus a mounted albumen paper photographic frontispiece (showing a grandiose structure, its subsequent failure to be erected hinted at in its description on the title page as 'the proposed building').
Wrappers (with the full title page details repeated on the front cover) a little rubbed along the spine, with a split along the bottom 30 mm and slight loss at the ends; two tiny tears to the edges expertly repaired, with slight chips to the leading edge of the rear cover; an excellent copy with the bookplate of Dr John Chapman on the recto of the frontispiece.
Ferguson 15986 (not noting the frontispiece - we have previously handled a copy with a lithographic frontispiece - and not mentioning this photographically illustrated edition; see Holden 61). A cloth-bound edition was also published (and not noted by Ferguson).