Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia from Morton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards 3000 miles, during the years 1844-1845.


Ludwig Leichhardt.


London: T. W. Boone, 1847. First edition. Octavo, pp. xx, 544. Frontispiece and six plates. 10 pages book advertisements bound in at front and 12 pages at back. Ferguson 4571.

Good. Recased in leather with title on spine, boards double gilt ruled, foredge and base speckled, new endpapers, light foxing throughout – a little heavier on the plates. Some old tape repairs. LACKS the companion volume with three maps. Bears the stamp of the Geological Survey Office of Townsville, Queensland.

Leichhardt’s first Australian expedition, undertaken between October 1844 and December 1845, was one of the longest land exploration journeys in Australia, and a useful one in the discovery of excellent pastoral country. Leichhardt’s contribution to science was recognised by the Paris and London Geogrpahical Societies in 1847, and Prussia granted him a pardon for failing to return and undertake his compulsory military service. Leichhardt disappeared on a subsequent expedition, setting out from the Condamine River towards teh Swan River in 1848. His fate remains a mystery to this day.

Provenance: This book previously belonged to the Office of Geographical Survey in Rockhampton but when the regional offices closed in 1956 many books were sent back to Brisbane. Many of these books were in disrepair and were due to be scrapped when a young surveyor was offered to take anything of interest. This book was subsequently rescued and through a friend at the University of Queensland Library the binder for the Brisbane City Council was approached, who in 1957 recased this book and Narrative of the Overland Expedition of The Mssrs. Jardine, From Rockhampton To Cape York, Northern Queensland.