This book, published at the end of the 19th century, contains a collection of articles written by the author for 'Calvert's West Australian Mining Register' and its successor publication 'West Australian Review' between 1893 and 1894, when the Australian Gold Rush was well under way. It offers an illuminating glimpse into the thoughts of a mining professional, and the many questions arising from the exciting developments occurring at the time, and remains in print to this day.
Albert Frederick Calvert (1872-1946) was an author, traveller and mining engineer, born in Kentish Town, London, and brought up principally by his grandfather, himself a widely travelled mineralogist who claimed extensive gold discoveries in Australia in the 1840s. Calvert spent the last decade of the 19th century in Western Australia, writing some 15 books on the area, where he worked as a mining engineer. Eventually leaving the continent a bankrupt in 1898, he turned his attention to Spain, producing 36 books on Spain and Spanish art by 1924, and gaining the Orders of Alfonso XII and of Isabella the Catholic. Two books on Nigeria appeared after a visit in 1910, and 5 more on German Africa during WWI. He died of cerebro-vascular disease in the Archway Hospital, London.
Our book is in excellent condition for its age, bound in dark maroon cloth, somewhat mottled, and with the title etc in gilt on the front cover and spine (gilt a little dulled but clear). Protected by a clear plastic cover, the exterior shows few signs of wear - some shelf wear to top & bottom of spine, and minimal bumping of corners. Inside, the black front fep is missing and the halftitle page (bearing a medallion portrait of the author with his reproduced signature beneath) is browned, but the binding is firm, with no loose pages, and all pages are clean and only lightly browned. The top edge of the text block is marked with one circular ink stain (see photo). There is no foxing.