Melbourne, E. & D. Syme, 'The Leader' Office, and Adelaide, Frearson & Bro. .
Octavo, [iv] (second and last blank), 59 pages.
Maroon binder's cloth (lettered in gilt on the front cover), retaining the original printed wrappers (possibly lined with plain paper at an early date); front wrapper waterstained and a little marked, with minor loss in two places along the plain top margin, and with two short sealed tears; light marginal tidemarks to the rear wrapper; title page a little foxed; bottom corner edges a little marked, bleeding very slightly into a few margins; a few top corner creases or missing tips to the first ten leaves; overall a decent copy.
'The following Papers are reprinted from "The Farm" section of the Melbourne "Leader".... The writer left Melbourne on 1st September, 1874, and returned on the 30th November. The early Papers were written during September, in which month the country round Adelaide is seen at its very best. The areas [of Gawler, Kapunda, Kooringa, Hill River Estate, Clare and surroundings] were visited during October, and the return journey, between Adelaide and Mount Gambier [including Strathalbyn, Willunga, Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island, Narracoorte, and the Drainage Country], took place during November' (preface). The critical comments on contemporary vine cultivation and wine production make interesting reading. Visits were made to properties and individuals well-known to this day: Davenport, Boothby, Crompton, Auld, Mrs Penfold, Thomas Elder and Birksgate, Thomas Hardie [sic] and Bankside, and 'Clare - Seven Hills and St. Aloysius' College', with numerous 'Notable Wine Growers' in the region mentioned. Many areas significant in the modern vine and wine industry are conspicuously absent in this survey, at least in this regard. Ferguson 9210.