MY HOME IN TASMANIA, during a residence of nine years. In two volumes.
London: John Murray, 1852. Vol. I: x, 274, [2 ad’s] pages. Engraved frontispiece, vignette of title, and 7 other engravings. Vol. II: v, , 275, [1 ad’] pages. Engraved frontispiece, vignette on title, and 7 other engravings. Original green decorative cloth gilt. Octavo. First edition. Both volumes bear the bookplate of the famous Tasmanian photographer John Watt Beattie [1859-1930], and volume I has a letter tipped in before the half-title to Beattie from Louisa Anne Meredith, dated May 29th (1895), together with the original postally used envelope bearing the postmark Hobart May 30th 95. The letter discusses the possibility of Beattie visiting her again to take another photograph of her, as the one he has just produced is not entirely to her liking, Meredith complaining she looks ‘ridiculously like the Queen’. Beattie would return to her rooms at Clifton House, Antill Street, Hobart in June 1895, four months before her death, to take another series of photographs. Both volumes have been re-cased at some time and the original spines laid down; there is an inscription on the blank recto of the frontispiece of volume I, dated Manchester, 1866, but it would appear to be unrelated to either Meredith or Beattie; binding a little faded and rubbed; else a very good set. By descent from the library of Rear Admiral Kenneth McKenzie Urquhart of the Royal Australian Navy.