Jukes, J. Beete; M.A. F.G.S., Naturalist to the Expedition, [etc.]. NARRATIVE OF THE SURVEYING VOYAGE OF H.M.S. FLY, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N., in Torres Strait, New Guinea, and other Islands of the Eastern Archipelago, during the Years 1842-1846: Together with an Excursion into the Interior of the Eastern Part of Java. 2 vols., First Edition; Vol. I, pp. 4(inserted adv.), xiv, 424(last blank), +8(all inserted adverts.); folding map, 10 plates & 15 text illustrations; Vol. II, pp. [iv](inserted adv.), [ii](inserted adv., verso blank), viii, 362, 8(inserted adv.); folding map, 9 plates & 3 text illustrations, 10 appendices (including 2 on linguistics); some occasional mild foxing to some plates, but generally clean, uncut in the original binding of blue cloth (spines faded & some very light rubbing); a fine set; scarce. London; T. & W. Boone; 1847.
***Ferguson 4549; Hill, p. 159; Wantrup 92a; Not in Abbey, though it clearly qualifies. The advertisements are similar in number and content to those noted by Wantrup for the first issue but with some minor variations as to placing, etc. Of the plates, 4 are lithographs of natural history subjects, 3 are wood engravings and the remaining 12 are fine aquatints by Harden S. Melville. This was an important voyage, undertaken to survey the north-eastern parts of Australia, Torres Strait and New Guinea. The Great Barrier Reef was surveyed in considerable detail and Jukes's observations on its natural history and geology are of great importance and were strongly supportive of Darwin's theory of coral reef formation. The Fly River in New Guinea was discovered on this expedition and there are important accounts of Timor, Dutch Java, Bali, Singapore & Malacca. The appendices include important papers on the languages of Torres Strait and the Oceanic peoples. #68043
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