Cloth. Complete in 2 volumes; Ocatvo; original red publisher's cloth with gilt decorations of aborigines on front board and spine of Volume II ONLY. Vol I: Pp. Xiv 254pp, 105 illustrations plus 5 coloured plates: folding map: 2pp. Advertisements. Vol II: Pp. Xvii 260 (255 - 515), including 259 illustrations, 2 coloured plates, Appendix (music), 1 folding map; Index; 2pp. Advertisments.
Head and tail of spine are gently pushed, corners lightly bumped and covers have been nibbled (especially Volume 1) Light scattered foxing throughout, pp vii-xi of Volume 1 and p. 339 of Volume 2 present but detached. Previous owner sticker on front paste down of both volumes; previous owner name in ink and dated 1923 on ffep of both volumes; loosely inserted in vol 1 a long article on Baldwin Spencer. Good. Item #1482
Francis James Gillen (1855 - 1912) met (Sir ) Baldwin Spencer (1860-1929) in 1894 when Spencer was his guest after the Horn expedition had travelled to central Australia. Spencer was a member of the expedition as zoologist and photographer. Absorbed by Gillen's ethnographic lore, as editor of the Horn expedition volumes Spencer encouraged him to contribute. What began as his offer to assist in publishing Gillen's ethnological notes matured into an enduring partnership and a landmark in anthropological history. They embarked on three ethnographic field-work projects and in 1901-02, worked among Aboriginal groups for several weeks at a time. They pioneered sound recording on wax cylinders and shot movie film under difficult conditions. Their last joint venture took them briefly to Lake Eyre's Arabana people in 1903. Their research produced The Northern Tribes of Central Australia (1904), and Across Australia (2 vols, 1912) was a popular version, originally partly serialized in the Age during 1901.