MUNDY, Godfrey Charles (1804-1860). Our Antipodes: or, Residence and Rambles in the Australian colonies. with a Glimpse of the Gold Fields. London: Richard Bentley, 1852.
3 volumes. 8vo., (8 4/8 x 5 4/8 inches). Tinted lithographed frontispiece in each volume, and 1 further tinted lithographed plates after Mundy. Contemporary half plum calf, plum watered cloth, the spines in six compartments with five raised bands, citron morocco lettering-pieces in two, the others decorated with fine gilt tools, all edges marbled, probably by Lindop of Northwich (spines a little faded).
Provenance: with the small ink library stamp of Hugh Selbourne, his sale, Bonhams, 8th March 2016, lot 262
First edition and a fine and attractive copy. The superb plates include images of a confrontation between the mounted police and "Blacks", Hartley Chapel and Courthouse, Carcoar, the Bell River, a Kangaroo hunt, the Government House in Sydney, Auckland, Turon River, Illawarra, Five Islands, Eagle Hawk Neck, a Convict Tram-way, Ophir Gold Mines, Summerhill Creek, and the Lower Wallabi Rocks.
Mundy arrived in Sydney from London in the Agincourt in June 1846 as deputy adjutant general of the military forces in Australia. While in Australia Mundy "accompanied his cousin Governor Sir Charles FitzRoy on several outback tours in New South Wales, and he visited Victoria, Van Diemen's Land and New Zealand. Aristocratic by birth and conventional in temper, he showed in his books a discerning eye, a lively pen, a keen sense of humour and a marked streak of sturdy common sense. Our Antipodes still makes entertaining reading and is an invaluable source of information for the Australian social historian. To read the book is to like the author" (Ken Macnab and Russel Ward, 'Mundy, Godfrey Charles (1804–1860)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University). Ferguson, 12957.