London, T. & W. Boone, 1847.
Octavo, xx, 544 pages with a few illustrations plus 7 lithographed plates (one folding) and the advertising slip for Jukes tipped in at page 1, but without the advertisements present in the first issue; the three very rare separately-issued folding hand-coloured Arrowsmith maps are present.
Later half morocco and cloth, with the spine lettered and decorated in gilt, in compartments; top edge gilt; the maps are now housed in a firm endpocket on the rear pastedown; a few trifling signs of handling, but essentially a fine copy. The maps (the fine-paper issue) have some offsetting and light discolouration along some of the folds, with trifling wear to a few intersecting folds; overall they are in excellent condition.
One of the longest and most impressive expeditions of Australian inland exploration; after leaving Moreton Bay, Leichhardt's small party set out across the uncharted interior of northern Australia. Some fourteen months and 4800 kilometres later they reached Port Essington in the Northern Territory, having been given up for dead. Wantrup 138a (text) and 139 (map).
Wantrup 138a (text) and 139 (map).