Physical Description of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land. Accompanied by a Geological Map, Sections, and Diagrams, and Figures of the Organic Remains, 1845
Physical Description of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land. Accompanied by a Geological Map, Sections, and Diagrams, and Figures of the Organic Remains, 1845. London, Longman et al, 462pp. +19 plates at end (by JDC or GB Sowerby), 3 unnumbered plates within and foldout hand coloured map, Map of New South Wales & Van Diemen Land, From the Original Geological Map by P.E. de Strzelecki; reduced by J. Arrowsmith. Hard cover re-bound in light brown cloth with gilt lettering, very slight wear and corners bumped. Library bookplate and discrete blind stamp to most plates and map. Frontispiece plate is a quality photographic reproduction from the Aberdeen Library copy. Only other recorded copy in UK is in British Library. In good to very good condition.
The map is folded, hand-coloured engraving, 21.5 x 63cm (8.4 x 24.75 in). Scale 1:3,041,280 (1in = 48 miles).This is the first published geological map of part of Australia. In good to very good condition.
The map coverage is along the coast or just inland, before the state of Victoria was constituted or inland state boundaries defined. The legend is purely temporal – First to Fourth Epochs. Strzelecki (1797-1873) had travelled widely in Europe and Latin America before arriving in 1839 in SE Australia which he explored until 1843. He discovered gold in 1839 but was persuaded to keep the information secret by the then governor who feared the effects on the young colony. He named the highest peak of Australia, Mt. Kosciusko. He donated his original draft map, 1.5 by 7.5 metres, to the Museum of Economic Geology in London in 1849.