Angas, born in 1822 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, spent two years from 1843 sketching extensively in South Australia and New Zealand, producing 2 large folio volumes on the respective subjects in 1847.
‘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 that has always been held in high 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’ (Wantrup).
First edition. Large folio (56 x 38 cm approx.), hand-coloured lithograph pictorial title, subscription list, 60 hand-coloured lithographs by Angas, Giles, Hawkins, and Wing, after Gill (2) and Angas (58), modern green half morocco gilt, a little light spotting, plates 10, 31-33, 43-45, 53, and 59 with browning and sometimes heavier spotting, original tissue guards a bit stained, a very good copy.
Abbey, Travel, 577; Colas 133; Ferguson 4458; Tooley 62; Wantrup pp311-312.
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