Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printer, 1878.
Quarto, two volumes, lxxii, 483, and vi, 456 pages with 536 figures plus 10 plates (including a double-page facsimile letter) and 2 large folding maps (one with tribal names and boundaries printed in red).
Original gilt-pictorial dark green cloth; covers lightly a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with trifling wear to the ends of the spines and some corner tips; some foxing, predominantly to the early leaves of both volumes, with the frontispieces heavily affected; inner hinges expertly reinforced; overall an excellent set.
The second volume contains 220 pages devoted to Aboriginal languages. Ferguson 15882 (not noting the binding). Provenance: Freeman Freeman-Thomas, and later, Geoffrey Ingleton, with their respective bookplates on the front pastedowns. Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon (1866-1941), the son of a Governor of Victoria, was a British Liberal politician and administrator who served as Governor-General of Canada, and as Viceroy and Governor-General of India (Wikipedia). The Ingleton Collection catalogue inkstamp and number (323) are on each rear pastedown. [2 items].