South Australia. Its Advantages and its Resources

Adelaide, SA Government Printer/ History Trust of SA, 1983 ['facsimile' edition]/ 1848.

Octavo, [10], xii, 392, [11-26] pages plus a folding map and with numerous marginal illustrations new to this edition.

Gilt-lined full dark blue calf; gilt-decorated spine; marbled endpapers; a fine copy with the publisher's contrasting light blue calf and cloth dustwrapper decorated in gilt on the spine (with a few slight gilt smudges, presumably a production flaw) in the cloth-covered clamshell slipcase.

Government printer's copy of the deluxe edition, with the presentation inscription 'With compliments & many thanks for all your advice', and signed by Garnham Skipper, John Michael Skipper's great-grandson. Not one of the 1000 numbered copies, this is one of 22 unnumbered out of series copies. 'Illustrated by John Michael Skipper with a new Introduction and Notes on the Illustrations by Dr J.M. Tregenza and an Index to the Illustrations by Jean Tregenza'. A (black and white) facsimile reprint of a unique copy, in which the margins of virtually every page have fine watercolour illustrations by Wilkinson's fellow-colonist Skipper. Tregenza suggests the illustrations were done in the 1850s and 1860s, when Skipper 'was in a position not only to illustrate the pioneering experiences which Wilkinson describes and which he himself had either shared or observed, but to comment, with ironical hindsight, on some of Wilkinson's optimistic statements and benign policies, especially with regard to aborigines'.

Item #122979

Price (AUD): $220.00

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