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, and a leaflet of 'Notes on the production' of the work. The detailed notes relate to eight plates, and are prefaced by the following: 'In the preparation of this facsimile volume minor typographical inconsistencies in the original have not been corrected. The following notes are given so the purchasers may know that what may seem to be mistakes are in fact faithful reproductions from the original volume'.
Half gilt-decorated morocco and marbled papered boards, top edge gilt; bottom corners bumped, impacting slightly on the bottom corner of the first third of the contents; very light bump to the leading edge of the front cover; a very good copy in the original heavy-duty cardboard packaging (now battered, but much better than nothing).
Number 294 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.