London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.
The colour issue which includes a stirring plate of an aboriginal kangaroo hunt, and a lengthy chapter dealing with the customs of the Australian Aborigines. [Muir, 6760 (the earlier uncoloured issue)]
Despite her stated intentions “to exhibit… the general characteristics of the earlier stage of human society” to wit the indigenous peoples of Australia, North and South America, Polynesia and Africa; Mrs. Sinnett does show slightly more even-handedness than many of her age: “whenever an Australian was guilty of any outrage against an English settler, he was punished; but the very same crime committed against an Australian, was passed without notice: and the savage was thence inevitably led to infer, not that robbery and murder were things wrong in themselves, and hateful to Christian people, but that Christian people would, by no means, forgive any wrong done to them”.
Octavo, bound in original decorative cloth, marbled edges, colour frontispiece and two other colour plates (lacking the third plate), an early presentation inscription on front free endpaper, covers scuffed, extemities worn, internally clear.
Price (AUD): $100.00 other currencies