Adelaide, F.W. Preece and Sons, 1925 [first edition].
Octavo, xx, 422 pages with 57 illustrations plus a colour frontispiece and 88 plates (all but 2 from photographs by the author).
Gilt-pictorial maroon cloth a little marked, flecked and bumped; edges foxed; flyleaves offset, with a few small tape-marks; light foxing to a few early and late leaves; a very good copy with a lengthy 1949 gift inscription on the front flyleaf.
Sometime Chief Medical Inspector and Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Northern Territory, and Special Aborigines' Commissioner for the Federal and State Governments, 'anthropologist, geologist, explorer and medical practitioner ... [This publication was] a positive contribution at a time when little detailed material was available to the public. Basedow was not a socio-cultural anthropologist and was not in a position to provide a systematic analysis of aboriginal life. However, the book encapsulated his [first-hand] experience with the race over twenty years' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography').