Sydney: John Sands, 1886. Hardcover. With 83 maps and 5 lithographic plates, mostly by Charles Turner. Five parts bound in one volume, the first atlas of its kind to be published in Australia, each part containing text, color lithographed maps (some folding), indices and illustrated full page advertisements.
The New South Wales part for example, ends with full page illustrated engraved ads for the Australian Mutual Provident Society, Pitt St. Sydney; Tangyes Limited, Bathurst Street Sydney; and the National Permanent Building, Land, Investment Society and Savings Bank at Park Street, Sydney.
The Western Australia part includes 9 maps of Western Australia; the first of these is a folding map, showing the entire colony. With a full page lithograph collage "Scenes in Western Australia", including views around Perth (p8), and a second in text illustration, looking down on St. George Terrace and the about to be reclaimed foreshore (p13). The map showing the Gibson Desert detailing the routes of explorers.
Folio. Impressively bound in modern half red morocco with the original leather title label laid down on front cover. The double hemisphere map of the world loosely inserted, the left edge ruffled, with some closed tears, not affecting the printed area. Trove 9359371. OCLC: 221249225. Ferguson 12075.
A desirable atlas, done during Australia's pre-federation days, a bright clean copy; it was not until 1901 that the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Very good overall. Item #25048