Adelaide, Government Printer, 1884.
Folio, 3; 11 and 15 pages plus 3 maps with the second paper: a 2-page folding sketch-map of the Adelaide River, a sketch-map of the Daly River and a 'Rough sketch of about 40 miles of the McArthur River showing farthest point reached by Captn Carrington of Govt SS Palmerston' (430x520mm).
Drop-title in each instance; small holes in the inner margins where sewn when bound (now disbound as one item); minor marginal repairs to two leaves in each of the first and third reports; repairs to a tear affecting the text of two other leaves of the first paper; short repaired marginal tears to the large map (with two other unrepaired 140mm clean splits along the map folds - only one affects the printed surface); overall in very good condition.
South Australian Parliamentary Papers Number 53, 53A and 53B of 1884, with print runs of 760, 860 and 650 copies respectively. The standard formula of reports on mining, agriculture, the Botanic Gardens and pastoral occupation, plus a two-page report by Captain Carrington on his search for the McArthur River in Number 53 and a two-page report on 'Outrages by Aboriginals' in Number 53B (the murder of Houschildt, Noltenius, Landers and Schollert).