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Beautifully illustrated works on some of the waterways of Australia and Tasmania

MURRAY, A.S.
Twelve hundred miles on the river Murray.
Australia, George Robertson & Co.; London, J.S. Virtue & Co., 1898. 2 volumes. Oblong folio. With 15 mounted chromo-lithographed plates (facsimiles of the artist's original sketches), each plate with a brief caption in the foot margin in sans-serif capitals and all except plate VI with the artist's signature in either the lower left or lower right corner; the preface and each chapter opening with a decorated initial.
With: (2) MURRAY, A.S. Tasmanian rivers, lakes and flowers.
Australia, Robertson & Co.; London, H. Virtue and Company, 1900.
With 17 illustrations on separate leaves: 13 mounted chromo-lithographed plates (facsimiles of the artist's original sketches, including the frontispiece) with a caption in the foot margin of each plate and all except plate VI with the artist's signature in either the lower left or lower right corner; and 4 chromo-lithographed plates with captions in the illustrations (dedication leaf, ills. X and XIV, "finis" leaf). With some tables in the text and a decorated initial at the beginning of each chapter.
Original publisher's gold-tooled half green morocco. 36; 50, [2 blank], 51-57, [1] pp., plus [15] and [17] illustration plates.
€ 1,450
First editions of two beautiful pictorial works on Southern Australian and Tasmanian nature, by Alexander Sutherland Murray (1846-1900).
Ad 1: The present work was a result of a trip undertaken by Murray and an unnamed friend/companion along the River Murray in South Australia. Australian rivers, according to Murray in his preface, have their own peculiarities and phases of beauty and grandeur.
Ad 2: Murray's second work, published two years after his Twelve hundred miles on the river Murray and received with great success by the public in both England and Australia, is a study and depiction of Tasmania's rugged and mountainous lake and river scenery - comparable to the varied scenery of the lakes and rivers of England and Scotland. There is also an historical résumé. The cruelties perpetrated on the natives and their eventual annihilation, which arouse feelings of indignation mingled with sorrow, are referred to in detail. Tasmania's fauna and flora, sport etc. are also dealt with."
With the boards of both volumes somewhat rubbed, very slight browning in the first and last few leaves, some corners of the mounted plates slightly damaged, without affecting the images. Ad 1: the leaves containing pp. 9-10 and 11-12 are bound in the wrong order. Otherwise in very good condition. Ad 2: some leaves slightly damaged in the gutter (some minor tears; title-page, plate XIV and pp. 53-56). Ad 1: Ferguson 12972. Ad 2: Ferguson 12973.
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