Melbourne, Melbourne Invitation Committee, .
345 × 270 mm, [ii], xiv, 63 pages with 60 plates plus 4 folding plates (3 in colour).
Full cream-coloured leather with the colour enamel coat-of-arms of the City of Melbourne mounted on the front cover; a very fine copy with the original clear celluloid dustwrapper, and still in the original box (in excellent condition apart from a few split corners and edges).
The book is essentially a photographic introduction to Melbourne. It is offered together with a companion publication of the same vintage, with the first page of text commencing 'Hereby the Melbourne Invitation Committee renews with cordiality its invitation ...' (quarto, light blue cloth with a gold foil pictorial title-label on the front cover; 43 pages with illustrations and a map). Loosely inserted in an endpocket are two tourist publications, printed in 1947 for the Victorian Railways Commissioners: 'Melbourne and Suburbs' (a folding map), and 'Melbourne. A City of Unrivalled Loveliness'. Also included are two copies of the booklet containing the French translation of the text (octavo, 16 pages) and two copies of the suitably oversized 'With Compliments' slip (200 × 125 mm). All of these additional items are in mint condition. A retained duplicate typed letter from an unidentified Lord Mayor (possibly of Adelaide) to the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, dated 14 July 1948, thanking him for the material, suggests the level at which this lavish prospectus was circulated.