London: Richard Bentley, 1862.
Hardcover. Good. xii, 269 pp plus publisher's ads, frontis plate showing "A visit from kangaroos." Original blue cloth stamped in blind and gilt, with image of kangaroo on front board. Boards worn and soiled. Binding sound, text clean. Signed on the front free endpaper, presumedly by a relative of the author, "Edward Polehampton, Hartfield Rectory 1862." The author spent 10 years traveling around Australia. After becoming unwell while working in the gold diggings, he "took jobs in Melbourne and the Victorian countryside, including road making, house painting, quarrying, wood cutting, stockriding, rail splitting, fencing, sheep-washing, reaping, and threshing. His descriptions of his attempts to gain proficiency at them are informative of working conditions and methods of that time....He also writes perceptively of his workmates and provides lively, graphic descriptions of the appearance of Melbourne and the diggings" (Walsh & Hooton, Australian Autobiographical Narratives 401). Ferguson 14224.