A Voyage to Terra Australis, undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country ... in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803

Adelaide, Government Printer, 1989 (facsimile edition)/ 1814.

Large quarto, two volumes of text plus the elephant folio atlas (containing 18 charts and 10 plates).

Half leather and cloth (very lightly marked on the atlas); essentially a fine set in the custom-made base of the dark red felt-covered wooden storage box. Although it is still in the original printed carton (which is marked and a little damaged), it lacks the perspex lid supplied with this set (see below).

A superb production, limited to only 500 numbered sets (this is number 458). The storage box was designed with a matching two-door lid opening at the centre, and attached to the base with piano hinges. About a third of the edition was issued in these boxes as advertised. Apparently the successful tender was paid in full soon after the job began, and the box-maker was last seen heading for the hills (overseas) with the money and a big smile! The problem was 'solved' by securing clear perspex lids which fitted snugly over the custom-made bases, but many of the lids were damaged in transit, as in this instance (the set weighs over 20 kg). However, the books are what we are selling; the base is free.

Item #127074

Price (AUD): $1,100.00

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