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FISKEN & GIBSON, AGENTS; [BARDWELL, William, photographer]

Catalogue of Sir Samuel Wilson’s pure merino ewes and rams to be sold at Ercildoune, on Thursday, October 28, 1880. Sale to commence at one o’clock precisely.

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Cover title: Catalogue of the Third Annual Sale of Sir Samuel Wilson’s … … Ballarat, Vic. : James Curtis, printer [for Fisken & Gibson], 1880. Small octavo (170 mm), original limp red morocco covers (a few stains) with gilt-stamped pictorial device and lettering to front, and a second pictorial device to rear; original marbled endpapers, pp 67, with [6] mounted albumen prints by William Bardwell, all illustrating Wilson’s prize merinos, and a folding plan of the sale pens at rear; all text set within red borders; occasional pencilled annotations of James Sloane, of Mulwala and Savernake Stations, southern New South Wales (one of the oldest merino studs in that colony), who attended the sale with his father, Alexander Sloane; contents clean and bright, a near fine example.

Rare, lavishly produced auction catalogue for the October 1880 sale of merinos bred by wealthy Western District pastoralist Sir Samuel Wilson (1832-1895). The sale was held at his magnificent homestead, Ercildoune, situated northwest of Ballarat.

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