Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago; A Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839 and A Voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846. By an Old Hand. George HAMILTON.
Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago; A Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839 and A Voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846. By an Old Hand

Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago; A Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839 and A Voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846. By an Old Hand

Adelaide, J. Williams, Printer, 1880 [second edition]/ 1879.

Octavo, [viii], 84, 80, 23 pages plus 3 albumen paper photographs (77 × 146 mm, 165 × 112 mm, and 165 × 110 mm) of 5 drawings on 3 unnumbered card leaves.

Gilt- and blind-stamped brick-red cloth very slightly rubbed at the extremities and slightly flecked; trifling loss of cloth to the top edge of the rear board; author's surname and date of publication written neatly in white ink on the spine (but see below); one plate and an attached leaf of text slightly loose and a little proud of the leading edge; a very good copy.

With the armorial bookplates of James Angas Johnson and Charles Glover on the pastedown; the white ink on the spine is a legacy of Glover's ownership. The last part of the book, 'A Voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846' (23 pages) is new to this edition. The particulars of the photographs match those given in 'Photography in Colonial Australia. The Mechanical Eye and the Illustrated Book' (1988) by Robert Holden (where the discrepancy in the number of plates present as against those listed is explained). The plates are of drawings by Hamilton; he contributed similar sketches to the published journals of Grey and Eyre. The first edition of this work contains six plates, five of which are wood engravings based on the original drawings here photographed.

Item #59924

Price: $1,250.00