The Narrinyeri. An Account of the Tribes of South Australian Aborigines inhabiting the Country around the Lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, and the Lower Part of the River Murray: their Manners and Customs, also an Account of the Mission at Port Macleay
Adelaide, J.T. Shawyer, Printer, 1874.
Octavo, iv, [ii], 107 pages plus a frontispiece (an original albumen paper photograph, 184 x 113 mm).
Recent quarter calf and marbled papered boards (with the binder's stamp of Bayntun of Bath); rear board slightly bowed; margins of the frontispiece mount a little chipped and discoloured; one page a little marked; a very good copy.
The frontispiece, a Townsend Duryea photograph, is a composite of five numbered oval portraits; the identification key is printed on the verso of the title page. The blank recto of its mount has the contemporary ownership details of 'T R Sumner / Goolwa / July 1874' and other details dated 1979. In pencil in an early hand, upside down at the foot of this page, is a timeless quotation from the Book of Psalms: 'Is not the heathen to be given, even the uttermost part of the earth for his possession'.