Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia
Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, During the Years, 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831; with Observations on the Soil, Climate, and General Resources of the Colony of New South Wales.
London: Smith, Elder And Co. 1834, 2ND edition, 2 Volumes. 8vo. pp. 1 p.l., viii, [1 leaf], [ix]-lxxx, 219; 1 p.l., v, , 271. with half-titles. 13 lithographed plates (incl. 4 hand-coloured bird plates) & 2 engraved maps by Arrowsmith (1 folding). Original patterned cloth gilt, a very nice copy.
Important account of Sturt's two expeditions to explore the river systems of the interior of New South Wales. On his first expedition, plagued by serious drought conditions, he followed the river Macquarie, in addition to charting the Bogan and Castlereagh Rivers and discovering the Darling. On his second expedition, he traveled some 2000 miles, following the Murrumbidgee to a 'broad and noble river', which he named the Murray and charted to the sea. This journey was also beset by adverse conditions including the loss of a skiff, encounters with hostile aboriginals, and a difficult return journey upstream against a strong current with shortage of provisions. Sturt himself was seriously afflicted with ill health and eye problems.