London, Nd.: South Australian Rooms. Small Octavo. Item #018990
3rd and best edition, considerably enlarged with additional notes, three folding maps. 1 folding chart, iv, 243pp. Henry Capper had published the South Australian Record as a newspaper since he also was the colonization commissioner's emigration clerk. South Australia had been carved out of New South Wales in 1836. This edition shows the phenomenal growth since the earlier editions on pages. 211-243. Here he shows land sales in England of Australian properties all the way through May 1839. This work became the key item showing the possibilities not only of rich capital investment but was also a path of hope for those who had felt themselves frozen out of the lands that were being bought up in England by nouveau riche. Bound in contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, all edges marbled with matching endpapers, professionally rebacked to style, maroon leather label gilt, early, if not contemporary previous owner's bookplate. A very nice copy.