London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (22.5 x 15cm); pp. [2, blank], 8 (advertising pages), xx, 544, (12, advertising pages) including seven black and white illustrations + frontispiece and six black and white plates (one folding). Original dark green ribbed cloth covered boards; lettering in gilt on the spine; blind stamps on the spine and covers; new cream endpapers. Ferguson 4571.
Sympathetically rebacked with original spine laid back over; slight lean to spine; covers are lightly scuffed; head and tail of spine pushed; starting at hinges and tender at gutters, particularly at endpapers and between pp. 194 & 195; edges and corners bruised and gently worn; edges of text block a shade toned; previous seller's sticker inside front cover (Gaston Renard); library stamps on recto of frontispiece (verso) and on title page; glue visible along the gutter edge of the verso of the ffep; small pen lines on pp. 2 & 3 of front advertising pages; light rippling to pages; age toning, particularly at outer margins; light creasing and occasional small spots throughout; LACKS the companion volume with three maps. Item #1304
Leichhardt's first Australian expedition, undertaken between October 1844 and December 1845, was one of the longest land exploration journeys in Australia, and a useful one in the discovery of excellent pastoral country. Leichhardt's contribution to science was recognised by the Paris and London Geographical Societies in 1847, and Prussia granted him a pardon for failing to return and undertake his compulsory military service. Leichhardt disappeared on a subsequent expedition, setting out from the Condamine River towards the Swan River in 1848. His fate remains a mystery to this day.