This book does what it says 'on the tin' - records an expedition undertaken by the author and a group of colleagues in Northern Australia in the early part of the 20th century (the only date we can discover in the book is 1925, given at the head of a list of plants collected by the expedition). The trip was approved by the Development and Migration Commission, Commonwealth of Australia, whose Chairman (in his Introduction) writes: "The general idea that the whole of this huge country is low-lying and tropical in its temperature and vegetation is obviously wrong, as ... readers ... will lean. [This] is the story of the application of a new form of transport in country hitherto almost impossible to any form of vehicle except bullock waggons - of daily difficulties overcome by ingenuity and cheerful persistence." Written in a chatty, informal and engaging style, the book involves the reader in every step of the arduous journey from Darwin to Broome, and is enhanced by many B/W photographs taken along the way.
Michael Terry FRGS, FRGSA (1899–1981) was an Australian explorer, surveyor, prospector and writer, originally from Gateshead, Co. Durham. After service with the RNAS Armoured Cars squadron, in Russia, during WWI, he moved to Australia, and between 1923 and 1935 he led 14, mainly gold prospecting, expeditions through inland Australia, producing a number of books about his experiences.
Our copy is a first edition. hardback (no dustjacket - possibly as issued?), bound in green cloth with title etc in black lettering within a black line border on the front, and also on the spine. The publisher's logo adorns the back cover. It is in very nice condition for its age, with only minor wear externally (mainly to bottom corners and top & bottom of spine), and just a little loss of colour on the long spine angle at the back, and down the R/H black border on the front cover. Inside, the binding is firm, with no loose pages, and the text block edges are generally clean apart from one dark mark at the bottom. There are a few spots of foxing on the first two or three pages, but none within the body of the book, which is clean and bright throughout. A nicely-written gift inscription dated 1928 adorns the front fep, and there is a small ink ?initial on the halftitle page. A brownish stain on the right of the title page fades through to the contents page, where it disappears. The only other defect is a very small hole (2 mm) near the bottom of the back spine angle, inside, which just reveals the webbing when viewed extremely closely. This is a rare book to find in the UK.