Lot 4: ANGAS, George French: South Australia Illustrated (1847)
August 28, 2016
Adelaide, AustraliaLive Auction
ANGAS, George French: South Australia Illustrated.
London, Thomas M'Lean, 1847. Imperial folio,  pages, comprising a superb hand-coloured pictorial lithographed title page dated 1846 (verso blank); letterpress title page dated 1847 (verso blank); lithographed dedication (verso blank); Preface; 'General Remarks on the Aboriginal Inhabitants of South Australia' (3 pages); 'Subscribers to South Australia Illustrated' (2 pages, with 243 copies accounted for), plus 60 hand-coloured lithographs, each with accompanying descriptive letterpress (usually one leaf, occasionally more). Contemporary (if not original) half maroon morocco and maroon cloth; leather slightly rubbed at the extremities, and lightly worn at the corner tips; short tear (30 mm) at the foot of the title leaf expertly closed; minimal light foxing to the margins of some of the plates (with moderate foxing to four plates and the dedication leaf); the leaf of text accompanying Plate 14 has about 10 mm neatly trimmed from its leading edge; essentially, however, this is a very crisp, clean and attractive copy.
'"South Australia Illustrated" is without question Angas's greatest and most accomplished work. His views of towns and scenery, of the Aborigines and of the flora and fauna offer an outstanding - if romantic - interpretation of the Australian landscape. It is a rare book ... and one which has always been held in the highest esteem. It must be considered one of the fundamental works in any collection of Australian plate books and no collection can be considered complete without it.' Although Jonathan Wantrup wrote this nearly 30 years ago in his influential 'Australian Rare Books, 1788-1900', his comments will ring perennially true with regard to this monumental work.