Melbourne/London: John Ferres/Trübner and Co, 1886-87. Three volumes bound in two (lacks the word atlas, volume 4), pp xix, 407, 501, viii, 710. Later binding by P. A. Franklin and Sons, Melbourne: blue canvas covers, gilt titles on spines. Ferguson 8879. LACKS volume 4, the folio word atlas.
Some white scuffing on boards, corners sharp, minimal wear to edges, head and foot of spines very gently pushed. Interior of both volumes clean with just a hint of yellowing to the edges of leaves. Very good. Item #336
Edward Micklethwaite Curr was an author and squatter, born in Tasmania in 1820. Between the ages of twenty and thirty he managed sheep runs for his father in Victoria, developing an interest in and sympathy for the Bangerang, Ngooraialum and Pinpandoor Aboriginals. His observations of them, and of early Melbourne and squatting, were published in Recollections of Squatting in Victoria (Melbourne, 1883). The Australian Race, considered his other major work, was not published until a couple of years prior to his death in 1889, and has been described as reliable only in as far as his sources were reliable - much of the work relied on reports from newspapers and interested helpers from around Australia. [Australian Dictionary of Biography online].