The Prospector’s Pocketbook [Goyder, 1888]
By G.A. Goyder
Rare early educational handbook for mineral prospecting, especially gold.
- 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]