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"; Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand are in the latter category, in which the instructions are to be applied "when practicable". (p20). Western Australia is listed as a crown colony, where the instructions "are to be strictly applied". Also included are lists of supplies to be procured and forwarded, and incidental duties. Other "Crown Colonies" include Ceylon, Natal, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Columbia, St. Helena & the Falkland Islands. Other "Representative Colonies" include Cape of Good Hope, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Vancouver Island and St. Kitts.
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