London: T&W Boone, 1841. First edition. A fine large paper copy of these important expeditions of discovery to the north-west of Western Australia. "Both the journeys of exploration described in these volumes were undertaken for the Royal Geographical Society. They met with disasters. The first expedition landed near Hanover Bay, and made the discovery of a river and much useful territory. In a skirmish with the natives Grey was badly wounded by a spear and was forced to abandon the expedition. He killed his attacker and was to suffer from both the wound, a hole big enough to fit a child' hand, and the killing for the rest of his life. The second journey was for the exploration of the west coast, north and south of Shark's Bay. The Gascoyne River was discovered, but a hurricane damaged their stores, their boats were wrecked and the party had to set off for an overland tramp of three hundred miles to Perth. (Ferguson). He shot the aborigine who speared him and was to suffer from both the wound (a hole big enough to fit a child's hand), and the killing for the rest of his life.
The production of Grey's volumes was of very high quality. The color illustrations of aboriginal cave paintings are haunting; the maps are by John Arrowsmith, the master of English cartography in that period; John Gould, the father of Australian ornithology, contributed appendices on birds.
This is primary issue with all the advertisements listed in Ferguson. Besides the advertisements for John Gould's "Birds" and "Macropodidae", Gould contributed a scientific appendices on birds while John Gray supplied appendices on mammals, reptiles & amphibians. Much natural history, ethnographical & anthropological information is included.
2 vols, tall 8vo, vol.1, (2) advertisements (for the 2nd edition of Mitchell's "Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia"; Grey's "Vocabulary of the Dialects of South-Western Australia" & "Hints fo Australian Emigrants" by Cunningham), (xiv) 412pp, 16pp ads for Boone's books; pocket with two fine large folding maps "District of Glenelg, on the North-Western Coast of Australia" and "The West Coast of Australia, from Swan River to Sharks Bay", both with routes marked in red ink by hand and by John Arrowsmith (one map with crack on part of one fold). Vol. 2, 4pp ads for John Gould's Birds & Macropodidae, (viii) 482pp. In total, 22 plates, 6 of which are printed in color and/or are handcolored. Ferguson calls for all 6pp advertisements to be in Vol 1; here they are split between the two volumes. Wantrup 131: "Various secondary issues of both primary and secondary bindings have been noted with different combinations of advertisements and with no advertisements at all." A faint blind stamp on the title pages and a mild crease in some early pages of Vol 1. Attractive modern tan half calf and marbled boards, red gilt title labels.
Bagnall, 2336; Ferguson 3228. Wantrup 131. Item #16660