Kalgoorlie, The Chamber of Mines of Western Australia (Incorporated), 1911.
Quarto, xvi, 268, xvii-xxxi (advertisements) pages with 110 illustrations (some from photographs, but many are diagrams) plus a colour map and 13 large folding diagrams and plans printed on fine paper.
Cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine; small mark to the top edge; one very large folding diagram (Plate XIII) creased and refolded a little carelessly, with minimal chipping along the couple of millimetres proud of the bottom edge (we would normally have our conservator reset this plate, but he has closed his doors for the duration); rear flyleaf creased; a few trifling fingermarks, but reading between the lines, this is essentially a fine copy with the defective dustwrapper (it lacks the bottom third of the spine and front panel, and has a few lesser blemishes, but it must be rare in any condition).
'The articles that form the basis of the present book were originally written for the Chamber of Mines by Mr E. Davenport Cleland from information furnished by the mines, and they were published in the "Journal" of the Chamber of Mines during 1907 and 1908. Designed at first to give a description of mining methods on the leading mines of the State, the scope of the work has been widened ... and in its present form the book may well be regarded as a text book on the mining practice of Western Australia.... In this book no effort has been made to select the best practice; the actual methods in vogue on the several mines are described, and the engineer who reads the book may choose from the many examples of varying practice the one best suited to his own requirements' (preface).