Octavo, [iv], 236 pages plus 7 plates and a very large folding map.
Recent cloth, bound as one volume with an endpocket for the 'geological map' and retaining the original wrappers (the second rear one a little chipped); in fine condition.
The map is in fact a superb chromolithographed 'Map showing the Route travelled by the Elder Exploring Expedition' and measures 370 x 990 mm, with a chromolithographed 'Sketch Section from Warrina to Annean Station' (180 x 990 mm) printed below it on the same sheet. The map gives detailed routes of other explorers (including Stuart in 1858, Gregory in 1858, Delisser in 1865, Forrest in 1874, Giles in 1873, 1875 and 1876 ...) and extensive annotations regarding the Elder Expedition ('The portion above delineating the course of the Ferdinand is from information obtained from the Everard Range blacks', 'Camels ate only poplars here', 'The country is entirely destitute of water between Queen Victoria's Spring and the Boundary Dam, a distance of 325 miles'). It accompanies the report by Victor STREICH on Geology and Meteorology. Other major expedition reports are MAIDEN, J.H.: Vegetable Exudations; BLACKBURN, Reverend T.: Coleoptera and STIRLING, E.C.: Vertebrata. (The third and final part to this volume, published in 1896, contains the reports on anthropology and botany - it has long been rare).