STRANGE NEW WORLD, The Adventures of John Gilbert and Ludwig Leichhardt,

By: Alec H Chisholm

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Angus & Robertson, Sydney - rebound first edition, 1941. Hardcover, 8½" x 5½" (lacks jacket). Jacket blurb poorly mounted opposite half-title page. Corners bumped. Handwritten details to spine. Usual library markings, pocket etc. Book in GOOD condition. Our copy of this hard-to-find first edition has been rebound for public library use. Photographic frontis illustration, 37 b&w photos, bibliography, and index. In 1938 Alec Chisholm discovered a treasure trove of Australian historical interest in an English village, including the diary of John Gilbert, naturalist on Ludwig Leichhardt's remarkable exploration of outback Australia (Gilbert was killed in an attack by Aborigines). 'Strange New World' gives a running commentary, in which the statements of Gilbert, Leichhardt and a convict member of the party are compared, thus summarising the individual stories of three very different men (some of the convict's revelations regarding Leichhardt are staggering). Whilst Leichhardt remains an important historical figure, he is also revealed as a neurotic, self-centred dreamer.

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