[GILL, S. T.; CHEVALIER, Nicholas et al.]
Victoria Illustrated. Second series, with descriptive letterpress
Melbourne : Sands, Kenny & Co., and Sydney : Sands & Kenny, 1862. Oblong quarto, gilt-lettered cloth with elaborate gilt ornamentation and rules (neatly rebacked), all edges gilt, letterpress title page (tissue repairs to worn edges); engraved title page; 44 steel-engraved plates (including the title page), with accompanying descriptive letterpress text and interleaved guard sheets, complete, occasional pale foxing but overall the plates clean and unmarked. Wantrup 261a; Ferguson 9924b and 15448. A very good copy with rich impressions of the plates.
Victoria Illustrated, Second Series was published in 1862 as a companion to S.T. Gill’s Victoria Illustrated of 1856. Whereas all the plates in the first series are after S.T. Gill, the engraved plates in the second series are after a group of artists, and the only one which is signed is the engraved title page, after Nicholas Chevalier. The plates illustrated booming gold-rush era Melbourne as well as the townships of Geelong, Sandhurst (Bendigo), Kyneton, Ballarat and Castlemaine. The Second Series is much scarcer the the first.