London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. First Edition. Complete in two volumes; octavo (22 x 14cm); pp. Vol. 1: [2, blank], xii, , 423, [1, blank] + 10 full page black and white plates and one folding chart of the Great Barrier Reef; Vol. 2: [2, blank], v, , 362, [2, blank] + 9 black and white plates and one folding map of the Eastern End of the Island of Java. Later binding of tan calf with contrasting red and olive labels on the spine, banded with lettering and detailing in gilt; blind and gilt borders to boards; gilt detailing along the edges; marbled edges and endpapers. Ferguson 4549.
Both volumes are in similar condition, gentle rubbing to bands, hinges and edges; labels on spines are a touch brittle with age as small chips and hairline cracks have appeared; nicks to the outer margins of the boards, minor scuffs and spots to covers; corners gently bruised; top edge of text block, inner edges of boards and endpapers a shade toned; previous owners bookplate on ffep; previous owner's name above title on title pages; spotting to plates and pages near plates, pages otherwise are slightly yellowed at outer margins with occasional spotting but mostly clean. Specific to Vol 1 is a 5mm thick 65mm horizontal nick out of the rear board and a clipping about Jukes tipped in on the verso of the ffep. Item #1312
"Joseph Beete Jukes (1811-1869), a geologist, was born in Birmingham, England. In 1842 he accepted the post of naturalist in the expedition in H.M.S. Fly under the command of Captain Francis Blackwood. The Fly reached Sydney in October 1842 and in the next three years twice circumnavigated Australia, visited Java in 1845, and conducted an intensive maritime survey from the south-east coast of New Guinea and Torres Strait Islands to the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. As chronicler of the survey Jukes gave a well ordered account, in the first volume of his Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly … (London, 1847), of the expedition's activities and of its ethnological and natural history observations. His geological contribution to this volume was a masterly chapter on the Great Barrier Reef, an early classic of Australian geology, its detailed evidence affording strong support for Darwin's theory of coral reefs." (Australian Dictionary of Biography accessed 13/06/2020).