First Detailed Account of Inland AustraliaJohn Oxley. Journals of Two Expeditions into the Interior of New South Wales, Undertaken by Order of the British Government in the Years 1817-18. London: John Murray, 1820.
First edition. Quarto. xvi, 408 pages. Three folding maps, two of which have been repaired, two folding tables, one folding plate, and five plates, two of which are hand colored.
Half green leather over marbled boards with titles stamped in gilt on two labels on the spine. Six compartments between five raised bands on the spine. Spine panel faded with light shelf wear at the corners. Scattered light to moderate foxing throughout. Small worm holes affecting two maps, a folding table and the pages mainly in the second half of the text block. Still, taken in whole, a very good copy of this rather scarce book.
Oxley's account is the first detailed description of inland Australia. Though Oxley himself thought the land of little value, his explorations paved the way for future interest and settlement.
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