Aldine’s History of Queensland. Sydney: The Aldine Publishing Company, 1888. Complete in two volumes. First edition. Quarto, 26 x 21.5cm, Vol 1: pp.viii, [vi], 384, numerous coloured plates of flora and fauna and scenes of Queensland and two maps. Title page in red and black ink, all pages framed in red lines. Colophon: Sydney: George Murray and Co., Paper Mills Printing Works, 91 Clarence Street. All edges gilt. Vol 2: pp.vi (last blank), [ii],  numbered 385-608], [ii] (Appendix, biographical sketches, verso blank) xvi, [ccc]. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations, map of Queensland. Black and brown leather, lettered in gilt on the front cover and on the spine. Ferguson 12864.
Good. Re-backed in black leather with red title panels, original leather laid back over to form a brown margin on the boards. Light insect damage to the gilt top edge of both volumes and some minor foxing to both. New eps, and the first gathering of volume one is vulnerable due to brittleness with p.vi detached but present (see photo). There is a 3cm tear to outer margin of first map.
The Aldine History of Queensland was published in 1888 to mark the Centennial. It was intended to be artistic, and every mechanical aspect of its production – from type-set to artwork – was Australian. It covers history, exploration, recreation, politics and volume two has a large Appendix with biographies of notable personages grouped by towns.