London: Printed by W. Mitchener, 1860. Hardcover. Instructions from the Commissioners of Audits approved by Queen Victoria's Commissioners of the Treasury which were provided to the Agents General of British colonies.
Among the "Supplies" procured and forwarded to the colonies are included "Sub-Marine Telegraph Cables, Steam Vessels, Dredging Vessels" showing a keen involvement with advancing telegraph capabilities after the successful launching of the first telegraphic cable across the Atlantic by the Great Eastern in 1858.
The instructions include two types of colonies, "Crown" and "Representative", seemingly related to the application of the instructions which are "Strictly Applied" in Crown Colonies and "Applied when Practicable" in Representative Colonies. The Crown Colonies include many islands of the Caribbean - Bermuda, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Turks Islands and Trinidad. Bermuda is unusually listed "Convict Service only (partly representative). Other Crown colonies are Ceylon, Mauritius, Western Australia (the only Australian state so designated), Gibraltar, Malta, Natal, Labuan, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, British Guiana, British Columbia, British Kaffraria, St. Helena, Falkland Islands, Heligoland.
Representative colonies include Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand, Cape of Good Hope, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Vancouver's Island and St. Kitts. Also included are lists of supplies to be procured and forwarded, and incidental duties.
8vo, 24pp. Brown gilt calf presentation binding, with gold gilt title, border and royal crest. Deaccessed from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Library, with their stamp at the front end paper. Rubbed at spine, paper "Duplicate" label partially present at front cover, title page detached. Binding slightly separated but firm.
Trove cites digital copies only. OCLC: 276298293 cites 2 copies, at the Archives of Canada and Auckland Libraries. Very good overall. Item #24334