[Melbourne, Sands and McDougall, circa 1890 facsimile edition]/ 1857.
Oblong folio, comprising the pictorial title page and 45 unnumbered plates (all printed rectos only), being photolithographic facsimile reproductions (here against a tinted background) of the original steel engravings.
Tan cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover, decorated in black on the front cover and spine, and in blind on the rear cover, all edges gilt (with the 'Sands & McDougall Ltd. Bookbinders, Melbourne' label on the front pastedown); cloth lightly marked and rubbed; tiny corner of paper mounted on the inner margin of the title page (see below); inner hinges cracked but firm; trifling signs of use and age; essentially a fine copy, with a small contemporary name-plate on the front pastedown.
Ferguson 15440c (a lengthy entry, not least establishing the approximate date); Wantrup 260c and page 334 ('In 1975 Gaston Renard recorded a previously unnoticed printed slip from the publisher tipped in at the front of a copy. This slip announced that "... the edition will be limited to 750"').