Survey of Kangaroo Island and Backstairs Passage. Report by B. Douglas, of a Survey of the Troubridge Shoal and Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island.
Survey of Kangaroo Island and Backstairs Passage. Report by B. Douglas, of a Survey of the Troubridge Shoal and Kangaroo Island

Survey of Kangaroo Island and Backstairs Passage. Report by B. Douglas, of a Survey of the Troubridge Shoal and Kangaroo Island

Adelaide, Government Printer, 1858.

Foolscap folio, 2 pages plus a huge folding map (957 × 1400 mm): 'Kangaroo Island and Backstairs Passage from the Survey by B. Douglas ... Novr 1857'.

Drop-title; small holes in the inner margin where sewn when bound (now disbound); trifling residual glue on the spine; two very short repaired tears to the map, which also has a thin horizontal line of light discolouration along the junction of the two sheets of paper required for a map of this size; essentially a fine copy.

South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 134 of 1858. In the two-page report, Douglas, the Harbor Master of South Australia, publicly expresses his 'admiration of the wonderful correctness in all essential points of Capt. Flinders's survey; and would observe, that no means at our disposal at present are sufficiently reliable to correct the various leading features as determined by that intrepid navigator'. Douglas also begs 'respectfully to request that one hundred copies of the chart may be lithographed'; in the absence of any other publication details, we present his request for what it's worth.

Item #56122

Price: $1,250.00

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