London: Ingram, Cooke and co., 1852. First Edition. Cloth. Octavo, xvi, [ii] verso blank,  - 428pp, (last 8pp. Appendix, 3 unnumbered). Frontispiece ("Return of the Dray") and 53 other illustrations. red blind-stamped cloth boards, decorated in gilt, recently rebacked with title and author on spine in gilt, corners refurbished, new endpapers. Light to moderate foxing throughout, the full page illustrations lightly tanned, small horizontal tear to fore-edge of title page. Illustration at page 171 detached but present.
(Ferguson 15679). Good. Item #522
This popular account of the first three Australian colonies was first published in London in September 1852 and sold 5000 copies in the first year. By 1854 American and German editions were in print. Sidney (1813-1883) never set foot in Australia, but the book's documentation is regarded "Impressive" and his writing "graceful" (ADB online).