London: John Murray, 1876. First Edition. Three quarter leather. [PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED] Octavo: pp. [2, half-title] xviii [xxii] 327 , folding map, 32pp Publisher's Advertisements; 6 illustrations as called for including the frontis and folding map at the rear; additional map of Hayter, Basilik and Moreton Isles opposite p.1; 20th century rebindng in three quarter dark navy morocco over navy linen covered boards with five raised bands to the spine and lettering, single rule borders and panel decoration in gilt; blue end papers printed with a marble design.
Light scattered foxing to the first gathering and to the last 4pp of the Publisher's Advertisements ; very minor chips to the tops of pp 47 - 55; light toning to the plates ; otherwise very clean. Previous bookseller catalogue description loosely inserted.
Inscribed from the author to his daughter Georgina and dated "Jan 24th, '91" Very good. Item #1455
Moresby was sent to Australia in 1871. During his time in the Antipodes he captured the 'black birding' Melanie and Challenger which he sent to Sydney and had their masters successfully prosecuted in the Vice-Admiralty Court under the 1872 Kidnapping Act. Most notably he meticulously surveyed the waters of the Torres Strait and of New Guinea. He had little support from the Admiralty but displayed a great deal of initiative, and when he arrived back in England on 15 December 1874 he described his Australian service as 'the most notable part of my naval career' [ADB online].
The fourth of his six children, Georgina Moresby was born in 1867 and lived until the 1950s. She married Peyton Temple Mackeson (1854–1918).