Geelong, George Mercer, Malop Street, and Melbourne, George Robertson, .
Octavo, xvi, 224, 30 pages with 9 woodcut illustrations (one full-page) plus 9 full-page tinted lithographs and a folding map.
Plum-coloured cloth lettered and ruled in gilt on the spine, and decorated and ruled in blind on the sides (with the binder's ticket of George Robertson mounted on the rear pastedown); cloth lightly marked, rubbed and sunned on the spine, with a small bump to the bottom edge of the rear cover, impacting slightly on the margin of the last ten leaves; light glue stains to the front inner hinge; scattered foxing (a little heavier on the frontispiece and preliminaries); a very good copy.
The separately paginated section at the rear has its own title page: 'Contributions to the Phytography of the New Hebrides and Loyalty Islands, from Mr F.A. Campbell's Collections. By Baron Ferd. von Mueller'. The half-title is inscribed and signed 'To H.F. Eaton Esqr ... presented by his regardful friend Fnd. von Mueller Febr 1874'. A short notice in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' (5 October 1912) states that 'The death at the age of 81 years is announced of Mr Henry Francis Eaton, who was Under-Treasurer of Victoria for many years'. We presume him to be the original recipient. The front flyleaf carries a later gift inscription 'To Mr E.E. Pescott FLS with kind regards from Alex Purnell. 13.6.19'. Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), horticulturalist, naturalist, and author ('Australian Dictionary of Biography') was also an avid book-collector and a bibliographer. 'Pescott's collection of articles and desiderata on Sir Ferdinand Mueller, entitled "Reliquae Muelleriana", is in the National Herbarium, Melbourne; he contributed "Notes on Mueller's literary work" to the Victorian Naturalist of January 1922' (ADB). Given that Pescott was born in Geelong, this rare work must have come as a doubly-welcome addition to his personal collection.