Lot 656
  • 656

Hume, Hamilton, and William Hovell

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
9,375 GBP
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  • Journey of Discovery to Port Phillip, New South Wales in 1824 and 1825. By W.H. Hovell and H. Hume. Second Edition. Sydney: James Tegg, 1837
  • paper
FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION, 8vo (215 x 130mm.), viii, 98pp., folding engraved map by Raphael Clint, the route highlighted in red, contemporary green cloth, slipcase

Hume set out with William Hovell to travel overland from Appin to the south coast. They reached Corio Bay having discovered the Australian Alps and many rivers including the Tumut, Murray, Ovens and Goulburn. Their expedition not only corrected Oxley's misconception of inhospitable southerly lands but also laid the groundwork for later expeditions by Charles Sturt and Thomas Mitchell.

William Bland persuaded Hovell to allow publication of his field book and in 1831 a preliminary, unpublished printing was made. The present 1837 edition, edited by Bland, represents the first general publication of Hovell's account. Hume's own account of their original expedition was published for the first time in 1855.

"The Bland edition of Hovell’s journal has a place in every inland exploration collection. Unfortunately, even the ‘second edition’ [i.e. this first published edition] is of such rarity that all but a few collectors must be content without a copy” (Wantrup).


Rollo Hammet, book label


Ferguson 2234; Wantrup 110 (and pp.184-191)