London, T. & W. Boone, 1852 (first issue).
Octavo, two volumes, xii, 402, 8 (publisher's advertisements), and vi, 396 (last blank), 12 (publisher's advertisements) pages with illustrations plus 13 lithographed plates (6 tinted), a large folding engraved map and the two advertising slips as called for. (Most of the plates are after drawings by Thomas Henry Huxley).
Reinserted in the original dark blue straight-ribbed cloth, with minor restoration to the ends of the spines and early matching replacement endpapers; spines lettered in gilt, sides extensively decorated in blind; all edges uncut; cloth a little marked, scuffed and bumped, with the extremities lightly worn; spines lightly sunned; trifling signs of use and age; a very good set.
The 'Rattlesnake' expedition was an important hydrographical survey, and accordingly has a place in a collection of coastal voyages. Significantly, however, most of the second volume is given over to accounts of Edward Kennedy's tragic expedition (by Carron, Jackey-Jackey and others), as well as lengthy appendices on comparative vocabularies of Cape York and New Guinea, and natural history. Ferguson 11972; Wantrup 145. [2 items].