Brisbane: Edmund Gregory, Government Printer, 1897. First Edition. Royal octavo : pp. xvi, 200, 24 plates including four chromolithograph; includes the "ethno-pornographic" plate that is sometimes lacking : Original boards now faded to brown with blind tooled borders; gilt lettering to front cover and spine : Brown floral endpapers : Ferguson 15115.
Boards scuffed, corners bumped and abraded : Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown : Publisher's slip tipped in to front reads "This work is intended for scientific purposes only." : Pages toned, occasional light foxing throughout, most noticeable at first and last pages : 1.5 cm tear to outer margin of pp. v/vi : With folding genealogical chart (pp. 64/65) : Loss and adhesive remnant to bottom corner of pp. 87/88 : Final gathering and rear hinge cracked but holding. Item #1629
Walter Edmund Roth (1861-1933), was a physician, anthropologist and protector of Aborigines. Born in London he was educated in France, Germany and at Oxford where he studied biology. His medical training was undertaken at St Thomas's Hospital, London. He emigrated to Australia in late 1887 and in 1889 he taught at Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Technical College. Ethnological Studies among the North-West-Central Queensland Aborigines was a first of its kind in Australia and established his international reputation. As an ethnographer he described the cultures he observed rather than theorising about them, and his scientific training is evident in his careful observations.