Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, With Descriptions of the Recently Explored Region of Australia Felix, and the Present Colony of New South Wales.
Mitchell, Thomas Livingstone.

London: T&W Boone 1838. First edition. With hand-colored frontispiece and title-page vignette in volume one, plus 20 plates and 11 text illustrations. Also with frontispiece in volume two, title-page vignette, and 26 plates (five of which are hand-colored). Plates 22 and 23 in volume two are hand-colored fold-out maps (8 ” by 12 ”) and plate 39 is a fold-out landscape illustration (8 ” by 14 ”). Lacks plate 26 (in volume two) and includes two copies of plate 23. All 48 of the plates are lithographs from original illustrations by T.L. Mitchell. Plate 42, facing page 189 in volume two, was engraved by Alfred Robert Freebairn using the recently innovated “anaglyptograph” method. Some rubbing to spines and extremities. Front hinges expertly repaired. Marbled edges. Twentieth century bookplate on front pastedowns of both volumes. Volume one lacks the map facing the blank 344 (map is not included in the plate count given in the table of contents). Some foxing to frontispiece and title-page in volume one, and a bit of foxing to plates in that volume, but a good, clean set despite the lacking plate. Contemporary half sheep over purple cloth boards. Spines with raised bands, ruled and decorated in blind, with red morocco labels lettered in gilt. Two volumes, octavo. xxi, [3], 351 pp; viii, (Item ID: 16715)


Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia collects the illustrated logs of Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell (1792–1855), who conducted surveying expeditions in New South Wales and Victoria in 1831, 1835, and 1836. The present set includes meteorological tables, descriptions of his encounters with Aboriginal people, a vocabulary comparing various Aboriginal languages, and numerous topographic maps. The Oxford DNB describes Livingstone’s work surveying Australia as “immense, and unequalled by any before or after him.”

Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, 1165.

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