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HARCUS, William (ed.)

South Australia:

Its History, Resources, and Productions.

Published: London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1876

Stock code: 111902

Price: £500

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First edition, prepared as an official handbook for the use of commissioners at the Philadelphia Centenary Exhibition in 1876. Harcus (1823-1876), was an ordained Congregationalist minister originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He emigrated to Australia in 1860 and settled in Adelaide where he became a prominent journalist, first at the South Australian Register, then the South Australian Advertiser, which he edited from 1874 until his death. In 1873 he was commissioned to write the Handbook for Emigrants Proceeding to South Australia, which ran to seven reprints each of 10,000 copies (Australian Dictionary of Biography).

Octavo. Original red-brown cloth over bevelled boards, spine and covers lettered and decoratively ruled in black and gilt, black coated endpapers. 66 engraved plates from photographs, folding table, 2 large folding maps in pocket to rear as issued. Spine rolled, extremities lightly bumped, edges toned and lightly spotted, superficial cracking to front inner hinge. A very good copy.

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