Gill, S. T. Part 1. Price 10.6. SKETCHES OF THE VICTORIA GOLD DIGGINGS AND DIGGERS, AS THEY ARE, by S.T.G. 4to, First London Edition; illustrated title-wrapper & 24 fine lithographed plates on cream tinted backgrounds; original wrappers, with advertisement on yellow tinted verso of front wrapper and identical advertisement on outside rear wrapper, the inside being blank; (front wrapper detached at fold & rather soiled; rear wrapper less so; relatively minor water-staining to margins only of about 9 plates); a very good copy, otherwise clean; very rare. London; H. H. Collins & Co.; 1853.
***Ferguson 9920a; Wantrup 245; Not in Abbey; See also Bowden: Samuel Thomas Gill, Artist, pages 120 & 123. Only this first part was published in London, the two parts, comprising 48 plates, having been published in Melbourne in the previous year but in smaller format. The plates are beautifully executed in Gill's inimitable style and are both attractive and greatly informative of life on the goldfields. #59717

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