A Journey to Cooper's Creek. Translated by Stephen Jeffries and Michael Kertesz. Edited and with an introduction by Stephen Jeffries
Carlton, Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press, in association with the State Library of Victoria, 1993 (first edition).
Octavo, xlvi, 205 pages with 8 illustrations and 3 maps plus 4 plates and a folding map (attached to the rear pastedown).
Papered boards; foot of the spine very slightly bumped; front free endpaper slightly marked; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly sunned on the spine.
With the ownership label of pioneering desert field archaeologist Professor Mike Smith AM (1955-2022). 'First-hand accounts of the myth-laden Burke and Wills expedition are remarkably few ... Wills's journal and statements by others in the party were published at the time, but little more. Hermann Beckler, botanical collector and doctor to the expedition, wrote the only other substantial account, in his native German. The manuscript remained with his family for nearly a century. It is now published for the first time [and in translation].' Number 13 in the Miegunyah Press series.