Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King Georges Sound in the Years 1840-1; sent by the Colonists of South Australia, with the Sanction and Support of the Government: including an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Aborigines and the State of Their Relations with Europeans. Edward John Eyre.
Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King Georges Sound in the Years 1840-1; sent by the Colonists of South Australia, with the Sanction and Support of the Government: including an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Aborigines and the State of Their Relations with Europeans.
Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King Georges Sound in the Years 1840-1; sent by the Colonists of South Australia, with the Sanction and Support of the Government: including an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Aborigines and the State of Their Relations with Europeans.

Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King Georges Sound in the Years 1840-1; sent by the Colonists of South Australia, with the Sanction and Support of the Government: including an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Aborigines and the State of Their Relations with Europeans.

London: T.W. Boone, 1845. First edition. Drawing upon his experiences overlanding sheep in the 1830's, Eyre applied for the job of establishing an overland route to the west. He was accepted & convinced the committee to open up the land to the north first. In June 1840 the expedition started out but failed. Sending back all but Baxter & Wylie, Eyre set out from Fowlers Bay to cross the Bight. After much hardship & losing Baxter, Eyre & Wylie were saved by a French whaler which gave them supplies to continue. They arrived in Albany July 7, 1841. Ferguson 4031 states "This account of Eyre's explorations contains also much valuable information about the aborigines." Wantrup 133A. Ferguson 4031. There was a secondary remainder edition of Eyre published without any maps that seems to turn up more frequently than this issue with the maps.

Orig. green ribbed & embossed cloth, spines lettered & decorated in bright gilt. The Arrowsmith maps of Australia are crisp. Expertly recased with the original cloth. Portrait of Eyre loosely inserted in front. With an early sketch portrait of Eyre by P. Thomas, and a cut signature as Governor of Jamaica.

2 vols., royal 8vo. Pp (ixx) & (1 pp ad), 448pp, frontis & 10 litho plates (&) (iv) ads, vi, 512pp, frontis & 10 litho plates, 8pp ads (undated). Orig. green ribbed & embossed cloth, spines lettered & decorated in bright gilt. The Arrowsmith maps of Australia are crisp. Expertly recased with the original cloth. Portrait of Eyre loosely inserted in front. Volume 1 contains one page of advertisements, for Hodgkinsons' "Reminiscences of Australia" 1846, but not the 8pp of adverts called for in Wantrup 133A (4pp in the prelims, 4pp at the end). Item #14016

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