[London], 'Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed', 10 April 1840.
Foolscap folio, 32 pages (last one a docket) with numerous tables and lists.
Uncut and sewn, as issued; outer pages lightly marked; occasional light foxing; an excellent copy in a fine custom-made Solander box with a leather title-label on the spine.
Great Britain and Ireland Parliamentary Paper Number 223 of 1840. The full title runs to 23 lines, enumerating ten separate returns. 'Contains valuable information with respect to many South Australian subjects' (Ferguson), but the perennial value of this paper is the headline one, which runs to eleven pages. Its complete title is 'A Return of the Quantity of Land in South Australia sold by the Colonization Commissioners since the 5th day of May 1835:- Of the Amount of Money paid for the same in London, and the Names of the Purchasers:- Of the Amount of Money paid to Agents in England and Scotland, as Commission on Sales effected through their Agency, specifying the Name of the Agent, and the Name of the Purchaser on whose Purchase Commission has been charged'. Ferguson 3002. Provenance: the signature 'C.A.S. Hawker' is written in pencil at the head of the first page. Charles Allan Seymour Hawker (1894-1938), politician and pastoralist: his grandfather George Charles Hawker arrived in Adelaide with his brother Charles in September 1840. They settled on land at Bungaree, near Clare, in December 1841; C.A.S. Hawker he was born there. He was seriously wounded on several occasions at the Western Front, losing one eye, and 'his legs were in surgical irons to the end of his life'. He was a minister in the Lyons Government from 1932 until he 'was killed on 25 October 1938 when the aircraft "Kyeema" crashed into Mount Dandenong in Victoria. His untimely death was sharply felt. He had been an outstanding and respected figure in the Federal parliament, whom some of his own party would have supported as prime minister. John Curtin, the Opposition leader, believed he had been on the threshold of great achievements' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography').