The Prospector’s Pocketbook [Goyder, 1888]

Original price was: $350.Current price is: $250.

By G.A. Goyder

Rare early educational handbook for mineral prospecting, especially gold.

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  • Rare first printing [H F Leader, Adelaide, 1888] aimed at educating the public to increase the efficient processing of valuable minerals in South Australia
  • An excellent copy; brown boards; black inlaid borders & titling; slightly rubbed; v. minor blemishes to rear; offsetting to title page, else fine
  • George A Goyder was the eldest son of George W Goyder, pioneering Surveyor who established the Goyder Line separating mid-north agricultural land from arid land more suitable for grazing stock
  • Written early in his career in his role with the Government Assay Office, G A Goyder was highly regarded* for his research into & development of efficient processes for extracting valuable minerals using cyanide

[*More information about Goyder can be found in Colonial Technology: Science and the Transfer of Innovation to Australia by Jan Todd]