Journet, Ferdinand: L'Australie : description du pays, colons et natifs, gouvernement, institutions, productions, travaux publics, mines
J. Rothschild Paris 1885
4to,23 x 15 cm; half shagreen, gilt title on spine; viii, 376 pp, with head and tail pieces, vignette on title page, marbled end papers,some slight soiling, various old library stamps; o/w vg cond. Plus 1 folded map, pasted on cloth; overall 55 x 67 cm; colour printed; exc. cond. French text; 1st edition.
A very comprehensive study of Australia in the 1880s, covering all aspects of inhabitants, government, resources, public works and civilisation, described by the French civil engineer, Ferdinand Journet. This work has been referred to by scholars as being of cultural importance, and has been used as the base of understanding this civilisation. Chapter VII is dedicated to the Aborgines, ending with the words ‘...within a few years, none will be left, just a souvenir, as the supposedly best colonising nation in the world is that which has the least integration of the people they conquer.’
The map ‘Australie...Revue d’apres les Documents les plus récents et dressée au point de vue geologique par F. Journet, Ingénieur des Ponts-et-Chaussées’ is by John Bartholomew, printed by Lemercier in Paris, and shows the geological layout of Australia.
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