[London, The Queen's Printers], 1839.
Foolscap folio, 60 pages but LACKING the 2-page endorsement at the rear (printed on the verso only] and the large folding three-colour Arrowsmith map ('The District of Adelaide ... as divided into Country Sections', 695 x 500 mm).
Contemporary blind-stamped limp full calf lettered in gilt on the front cover; leather a little rubbed at the extremities and lightly marked; endpapers offset, with the front flyleaf a little silverfish-nibbled; first and last two leaves discoloured, with the title leaf slightly inkstained and silverfish-nibbled; edges of the title leaf and the last two leaves reinforced at an early date with plain paper, with one gutter also reinforced the same way; small punctures to the inner margins throughout (the item would have been stab-sewn originally); ink annotations to four pages and some pencilling elsewhere (but see below); a very good copy with a large early 1930s newspaper article on Adelaide land values pasted onto the rear flyleaf.
Ferguson 2735 (not noting the endorsement in his pagination). The SA Auditor General's copy, with his title stamped in gilt on the front cover, and written in ink inside the front cover and at the head of the title page (where 'Instructions to Aud. Genl Page 48' is also written). The annotations tend to be of the cross-referencing kind, the pencilling and underlining is for emphasis. It would be preferable to have an unmarked copy with the map, but at least this is a cheap copy and the appendices make interesting reading. These include Appendix 2, 'Report of the Protector of Aborigines, dated 1 July 1838' by William Wyatt, and Appendix 19, the complete list of the names of the original proprietors of the country sections of Adelaide (289 allotments of 134 acres each and 35 allotments of 80 acres each). Appendices 3 to 8 reprint documents relating to delays with the preliminary surveys. These include 'Letters of Colonel Light and his Assistants, announcing their resignation', and Light's letter is worthy of note: 'I am allowed one week to consider whether I will undertake a running survey of 150 square miles, in addition to what may have been surveyed, on conditions laid down in the letters of Mr. Rowland Hill to Mr. Kingston ... In reply to your letter I beg to state, that I do not require one week to consider this matter, but say at once that I will not do it [emphasis in the original], and that I despise and contemn the language used by Mr. Rowland Hill'.