CARNEGIE, David W. (Wynford) (1871-1900)
Spinifex and Sand. A Narrative of Five Years’ Pioneering and Exploration in Western Australia. (Inscribed by the author for his mother)
London : C. Arthur Pearson, 1898. Thick large octavo, publisher’s sand-coloured cloth over boards, upper board illustrated and lettered in black, spine with gilt lettering and decoration, top edge gilt; a highly desirable presentation copy, inscribed on the half title by the author for his mother (who is also the book’s printed dedicatee) ‘Mamma, from her affect. son David W. Carnegie. Jan. 7. 1899.’; pp xvi, 454, portrait frontispiece and a total of 47 photographic plates and line illustrations, 4 folding maps (2 in rear endpocket); one of the folding maps with old repair, else a fine copy. Ferguson 7960; [TOGETHER WITH] 1. Albumen print photograph in its original glazed wooden frame, 230 x 285 mm, inscribed verso of frame in a later family member’s hand: ‘”Misery” the famous camel on which D.W. Carnegie travelled across the W. Australian Desert from S. to N. (journey described in “Spinifex & Sand”)’; 2. A copy of the 8th edition of Galton’s The Art of Travel (London, 1893) with early ownership inscriptions of R.F. Carnegie and D.J. Carnegie and manuscript notes in front endpocket with instructions on how to find one’s bearings when lost (!); 3. A group of newspaper cuttings and correspondence relating to 20th century travellers tracing Carnegie’s route.
David Wynford Carnegie, a gold prospector, arrived in Western Australia in 1892. This work is his account of the epic expedition undertaken in 1896-1897, on which he led his party of five men (including an Aboriginal guide, Warri) and nine camels from Coolgardie across the Gibson Desert and Great Sandy Desert to Hall’s Creek in the East Kimberley and back. Carnegie met a tragic early end when he died from a poisoned arrow wound in Nigeria in 1900.
Provenance: The Carnegie Family, U.K.; by descent.