Narrative of the voyage of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, commanded by the late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. &c. during the years 1846-1850.
Including discoveries and surveys in New Guinea, the Louisiade Archipelago, etc. To which is added an account of Mr. E. B. Kennedy’s expedition for the overland exploration of the Cape York Peninsula.
London: T. & W. Boone, 1852. Two volumes, octavo, rebound in quarter-calf over morocco buckram, spine in compartments with gilt-lettering and ornaments, endpapers replaced, bookplates from the Fletcher collection to the front free endpapers, pp. xii; 402; vi; 395; with 5 tinted lithograph plates, five plain lithographed plates, two steel engraved plates and a folding chart (all backed with linen); vignette illustrations, unobtrusive old blind and library stamps, lacking the advertisements, a good working set.
The surveying voyage of HMS Rattlesnake, and the rarest of Boone’s publications on Australian exploration. It includes important hydrographical surveying of the Great Barrier Reef and New Guinea, as well as William Carron’s account of the fateful Kennedy expedition across Queensland. The plates are after artists T. H. Huxley and Oswald Brierly.
Ferguson 11972; Wantrup Australian Rare Books, 145; Wantrup Thomas & William Boone’s Library of Australian Travels, pp. 131 – 137.
Provenance: The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to the front free endpaper.