London, Richard Bentley, 1862.
Octavo, two volumes, viii, 289 and x, 322 pages with a full-page plan (page 302).
Contemporary full calf binding by Zaehnsdorf (gilt-ruled borders on the covers, with contrasting leather title-labels on the heavily gilt-tooled spine); all edges marbled; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent set.
Inscribed on an initial binder's blank to 'John Henry Mossop, With the best wishes of Dacres T.C. Belgrave, on his leaving Eton, Election 1865'. Belgrave, watercolourist and soldier, was a schoolmate of Mossop's at Eton. An adventurous tourist's travels in Australia in the late 1850s and early 1860s ('A detailed description of the South Eastern part of Australia, including station properties, social conditions, travel, aborigines, etc.' according to Ferguson), but there is much more ... In the second volume (pages 233-50) Jessop records meeting two men at Wilpena 'on their way back to Adelaide, with the results of a private exploration.... The leader, or scout, was named Giles, who was engaged by Mole, a man of more energy than money, to assist him in opening up some new part ... [They] finally left the known country at Angipena, and entered upon the unknown in the direction of north-west ... They were absent about a month from Angipena, and altogether, going and coming, passed over 1,200 miles'. The meeting is recorded in some detail, not least regarding contact with the Aborigines ('Giles said he was the first person in the Colony that vaccinated a black, and that it happened on this occasion'). Wantrup notes that this expedition 'does not appear to be elsewhere recorded and dates at least ten years before Giles's career became a matter of public record. Jessop supplies no precise date, but from the context it is clear that the expedition took place in the first half of 1859'. Wantrup, pages 264-7; not in McLaren; see Ferguson 10938-41.