London, Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1875.
Octavo, xii, 307,  (colophon), 24 (publishers' catalogue dated October 1876) pages with a title page vignette illustration plus 9 plates and a large folding hand-coloured map (260 × 805 mm).
Gilt-pictorial dark green cloth expertly rebacked, retaining the original backstrip; corners lightly bumped; four-digit reference number in white ink near the foot of the spine blacked out (but not invisibly); small public library inkstamp on the title page (with a larger accession stamp, now cancelled, on the verso); front endpaper a little blemished (a library plate has been soaked off the pastedown, and the hinge is cracked, but still firm); expert conservation to the central fold in the map; trifling signs of use and age; notwithstanding, a very crisp and bright copy.
Peter Egerton Warburton (1813-1889) left Alice Springs for Western Australia in April 1873 with six men and seventeen camels. The party 'endured long periods of extreme heat with little water, and survived only by killing the camels for meat. They reached the Oakover River with Warburton strapped to a camel. On 11 January 1874 ... [they reached] de Grey station in northern Western Australia. They had conquered the formidable Great Sandy Desert to become the first to cross the continent from the centre to the west. Warburton was emaciated and blind in one eye; at a public banquet in Adelaide later he attributed their survival to his Aboriginal companion Charley' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography'). McLaren 16473.