Toowoomba: Vintage Books, 1989. Facsimile edition of 1888 edition published in Sydney by Turner & Henderson. 24 x 15.5 cm, xvi, 633 pp., 4 folded leaves, portraits, maps. Limited edition of 500 copies. Quarter bound in faux leather with cream linen covered boards and metal corners. Fine. Item #572
Prepared as a commemoration of the centenary of white settlement in Australia this documents the early days of Queensland, often using excerpts from primary sources such as explorers’ journals and settlers’ diaries. The rather florid nineteenth century prose discusses explorers from as early as de Quiros, through to Leichhardt, Mitchell, Kennedy and Cunningham while settlers include Dr Ballow, Petrie, George and Patrick Leslie, Coxen and McConnell. Appendices include extracts from the journals of Cook, Flinders and Lockyer, government proclamations and accounts of the murder of Captain Logan.