Report and Journal of Examination of the Country North-East of Eucla
Adelaide, Government Printer, 1880.
Folio, 9 pages plus a large folding map (555x705mm).
Recent cloth with titling on the front cover; map slightly creased near one fold, with a tiny tear near the stub expertly repaired; a fine copy.
The map embraces the entire extent of the Nullarbor Plain within South Australia covering 'an area of 16,500 square miles ... [with] a complete description of the country from the coast to the route taken by Mr Ernest Giles on his exploration trip to Perth'. The journal 'gives a minutely detailed description of the country passed over ... It will be seen that this hitherto comparatively unexplored country has been thoroughly examined. I found that in many important particulars the surmises in previous reports respecting this country were not borne out'. No less interesting is the account of the discovery of the wagon and last campsite of Fairie and Woolley, who died of thirst north of Eucla two years earlier. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 191 of 1880; the quantity printed is not stated, but only 600 to 800 copies would be the norm (and this item is rarely encountered on the open market). McLaren 10540.