London: Routledge, Warne and Routledge, 1862. New Edition, with illustrations. Small octavo : pp.xvi, 272, 32 (advertisements) : frontis (Wombat) + 15 full page b&w plates : original endpapers : original blind embossed boards with gilt kangaroo on top boards and short tile in gilt to spine.
Dark mark (20mmx150mm) to top board under and to the left of the kangaroo; smaller dark smudge to lower spine at the joint; head and tail of spine tender; corners bumped; gilt is bright; occasional light foxing and finger mark; gift inscription to ffep dated 1862; previous bookseller price and comment in pencil ("Nice copy") to same.
[Ferguson 18445]. Item #2037
Horace William (Horatio) Wheelwright (1815-1865), was a hunter, naturalist and writer who migrated to Australia from England in 1852. According to the Australian Dictionary of Biography he was unsuccessful in the diggings and so " decided to, "'face the bush on his own account' rather than seek work on a station...He became a professional shooter of game and, as he described later, luckily fell in with a mate in the same circumstances as himself, with similar education, training and tastes; together they 'roughed it' under the same canvas for some four years...Wheelwright's years as a shooter in the Victorian bush would have remained obscure but for the publication of his Bush Wanderings of a Naturalist: Or, Notes on the Field Sports and Fauna of Australia Felix (London, 1861, 1862, 1864), written under the pseudonym of 'An Old Bushman'. A handbook for the rambler, it is regarded now as one of the most informative and readable narratives of early bush life in the colony. In it he details information on local animals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish, ranging from minute observations of their appearance and habits to practical notes on how to catch joeys for pets, make possum rugs or platypus tobacco pouches, cure kangaroo hams and choose suitable guns and ammunition for hunting purposes. Although he was himself a strong advocate of regulations to protect animals and birds during their breeding seasons, his book reveals how widespread was the slaughter of wildlife by the mid-1850s."