London, Sampson, Low, Son & Co., 1863.
Octavo, xvi, 408, 16 (publisher's catalogue, June 1863) pages plus 15 tinted lithographs and a large folding map (670 × 480 mm) in an endpocket.
Blind-decorated and gilt-pictorial cloth (possibly lightly varnished) a little worn and marked, bumped at the extremities, and sunned on the spine; endpapers offset or a little marked, with a bookplate removed from the front pastedown, and another now mounted on the flyleaf (below a presentation inkstamp); sporadic foxing (confined mainly to the edges, first and last few leaves, and the plates and adjacent leaves; endpocket map a little discoloured from contact with the acidic board of the rear cover, with minimal conservation along one fold (affecting slightly the title); overall a very presentable copy.
'John Davis was a member of the South Australian relief expedition, led by John McKinlay, to search for Burke and Wills. The expedition travelled to Cooper Creek and north almost to the Gulf of Carpentaria ... [They then] made for Port Denison (Bowen), some 960km away in Queensland' (Valmai Hankel, in her introduction to the 1996 facsimile edition).