Melbourne, Robert S. Brain, Government Printer, 1888 ('seventh edition, revised and enlarged')/ 1885.
Octavo, x (last blank), 517 pages.
Flush-cut blue card with a slight variant of the lengthy title page details on the front cover; spine neatly reinforced with kraft paper; covers a little stained and lightly worn at the extremities; foot of the front joint split; inside front cover and front flyleaf heavily tanned (by an acidic newspaper cutting, no longer present); pencil mark (X) next to the majority of plants in the alphabetical listing from Acacia Glaucescens to Bongaria Rauwolfi (pages 6-64), with one annotation ('Sapodillo' is pencilled in above 'Achras Sapota'); minor signs of use and age; overall a very good copy.
The front flyleaf is inscribed and signed 'To Professor Scott, &c Memb[er] of the Inter[nation]al Medical Congress of 1889, presented on behalf of the Vict. Government by Ferd von Mueller'. Later provenance: Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), the designer of Canberra, with his small inkstamp below the inscription ('Walter Burley Griffin | Architect - Landscape Architect | Sydney - Chicago - Melbourne'). The pencilling would appear not to be in his hand.