Tracks Of McKinlay & Party Across Australia 
By John Davis
First printing of Davis’ Journal describing McKinlay’s 1861-2 expedition across Australia [as edited by William Westgarth]
- Subtitled Edited from Mr Davis’ Manuscript Journal; With An Introductory View Of The Recent Australian Explorations Of McDouall Stuart, Burke & Wills, Landsborough, Etc., By William Westgarth
- John McKinlay led one of a number of expeditions in 1861-62 aiming to establish a North-South route through the middle of Australia “from sea to sea”. John Davis was a member of his party.
- First Edition [Sampson Low, Son, & Co, London, 1863] in excellent condition overall
- Dark green blind-stamped cloth boards, lettered in gold on spine, shelfworn with minor cloth abrasions at corners, spine ends bumped with a couple of tiny nicks, general rubbing; some signatures have come loose from lower string binding but remain firmly bound; xvi, 408pp + 16pp advertisements; frontispiece + 14 other illustrations as called for – many with tissue guards that have protected plates resulting in little if any foxing
- Large folded map in rear sleeve as called for in Ferguson [showing the Routes of John McKinlay, Stuart, Burke, Landsborough, and Walker, across the Continent of Australia] in excellent condition, minor discolouration to external folded segments
- Ownership stamps of Thomas Gill [inner board & ffep], likely that public servant [1849-1923] who “was an enthusiastic collector of Australiana, reflecting his interest in Australian history and geography, Aboriginals, exploration and the history of his State. He compiled his?Bibliography of South Australia  and Bibliography of the Northern Territory  largely from his own library” [Australian Dictionary Of Biography] – as such, this book is a likely reference. It has been held in the Goyder family [descending from Gill’s fellow public servants] for over a century.
- Additional photograph of McKinlay appears as albumen print pasted onto additional, tipped-in leaf with border and attribution to J. Taylor [James Taylor occupied a studio in Gawler, SA from 1871-1885]. This is likely the frontispiece from another rare book – The Gawler Handbook by George E. Loyau  although Gill may have sourced this directly from Taylor as their paths would very likely have crossed.