Carlton: Melbourne University Press on behalf of The Library Council of Victoria, 1979. First Edition. Large format hardcover (30.5 x 23cm), pp. (xiv), 224, [2, blank]; brown flecked, beige cloth covered boards, lettering on the spine and front cover in white; puce pictorial dust wrapper with lettering in white featuring a 9 x 9cm reproduction of Becker's work on the front cover; richly illustrated with colour reproductions of Becker's work.
Corners ever so slightly rounded; covers mostly clean, a few small (1-2mm) marks; top edges of text block lightly dust toned, small scuff to the bottom corner; faint 20mm diagonal mark on the recto of the ffep and on the verso of the lfep; pages are otherwise clean and bright throughout; spine of unclipped dust wrapper is sunned with a small, horizontal abrasion across the 'E;' light edgewear, a 7mm chip without loss above the 'L' on the front cover; corners and the front hinge of the front flap are gently rubbed; gentle vertical crease through the 'G,' gentle horizontal crease under the 'R' and a very faint scratch across the bottom half of the front cover, otherwise clean and bright. Item #1052
Ludwig Becker (1808-1861) was a German artist and naturalist who was a member of the Burke and Wills expedition. His letters, reports and illustrations are of unique historical importance and are reproduced here for the first time.