South Australia Illustrated. George French ANGAS.
South Australia Illustrated
South Australia Illustrated
South Australia Illustrated

South Australia Illustrated

Sydney, A.H. and A.W. Reed, 1967 (facsimile edition)/ 1847.

Imperial folio, 10 pages plus an additional colour pictorial title page, 60 colour plates each with (at least) one leaf of descriptive text, and facsimile covers of the original ten parts. Loosely inserted is the publisher's signed quality-control certificate.

Half gilt-decorated morocco and marbled papered boards, top edge gilt; leather slightly scuffed; a few small marks to the leading edge; a very good copy (internally fine). Provenance: the Ingleton Collection, with the bookplate on the front pastedown, and the small catalogue stamp and number (1082) on a rear blank; mounted above it are the publisher's 'Production Notes' and quality control leaflets, and a tiny clipping relating to the death of a member of a much later generation of the Angas family. The commercial bookplate of a subsequent owner of the book is on the front flyleaf.

One of 1000 copies of this high-quality facsimile. The illustrations comprise views of the fledgling city of Adelaide and outlying settlements, the topography, flora and fauna, and the Indigenous people and their lives. Some 22 of the 60 plates (and the accompanying leaves of text) are devoted exclusively to the region's Aborigines; there are numerous portraits (usually four or more to a page), plus groups of artefacts and scenes of daily life from different areas. Aborigines are depicted incidentally on the pictorial title page and in a further five plates.

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