Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-west And Western Australia, During The Years 1837,38, And 39,
T and W. Boone, 29, New Bond Street.
Under the authority of her majesty's government. describing many newly discovered, important, and fertile districts, with observations on the moral and physical condition of the aboriginal inhabitants, etc. by george grey, esq. governor of south australia. in two volumes. vols. i and ii.
FIRST EDITION. TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. 9 x 5.75 inches. Vol. I, 4 +  pp. reviews and advertisements + xiv + 412 + 16 pp. publisher's list; Vol. II, 4 pp. reviews + vii + [i] + 482 pp. Bound in original cloth, gilt, with blind stamped decorations on boards and gilt blocks of Kangaroos and Emu on spines. Hinges strengthened and skilfully recased preserving the original cloth bindings. Illustrated by 22 plates, including two frontispieces one of which is handcoloured and 5 chromolithograph plates and by text figures and tables. With the rare two large folding maps by Arowsmith in a pocket attached to the front board. Slight water stain effects 5 plates at the rear of volume two, but the condition is very good throughout. A fascinating account of coastal and inland exploration of the north-west coast of Western Australia and the Kimberley region. with accounts of the life of the indigenous inhabitants and fine coloured plates of aboriginal cave art discovered by Gray and some excellent natural history observations. Captain Grey's account is both informative and accessible, featuring a rich selection of plates including stunning images of Wandjina paintings from the north-western Kimberley. Furthermore, the work is esteemed for its scientific appendices: on birds by John Gould; on mammals, reptiles, amphibians by John Edward Gray; and insects by Adam White.George. Grey (1812-98), a soldier, explorer and colonial administrator, had a distinguished career, serving as Governor of South Australia, 1841-45, New Zealand, 1845-54 and 1861-68. of Cape Colony, 1854-61, and as a politician, Premier of New Zealand, 1877-79.
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