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The Australian Wanderers or the Adventures of Captain Spencer, His Horse and Dog

Illustrated by Joseph H Byram

Author: Sarah Bowdich (Mrs R.) Lee

Publisher: Lee and Shepard

Publisher's Location: Boston and New York

Publication Date: 1871


Sarah Bowdich (Mrs R.) Lee: The Australian Wanderers or the Adventures of Captain Spencer, His Horse and Dog
Lee and Shepard, Boston and New York, 1871. Later edition. Illustrator: Joseph H Byram.

In Victorian days, women played a crucial role as transmitters of literary and cultural experience, working as travel writers, translators and collectors of tales and legends.

One of the early volumes describing Australia,is a Robinson Crusoe type story of wanderings in the bush country [containing accurate descriptions of the habits of the natives, and the natural productions and features of the country]. The story itself is the journey of the hero straight across the continent, from Perth to Sydney. Mrs. Lee's Adventures in Australia; or the wanderings of Captain Spencer in the Bush and the Wilds claims to contain empirical descriptions of the country, although its credibility has been questioned by some readers.

In 1813 Sara Wallis married Thomas Edward Bowdich, the naturalist. She shared her husband's interests in nature, travel, and adventure. In 1819 they went to Paris to visit Baron Cuvier (Le Règne Animal 1817; English: The Animal Kingdom).  ; Thomas had already visited him in 1818 with a letter of introduction obtained from Dr. William Elford Leach of the British Museum. Cuvier received the two, and they spent most of the next four years in Paris studying his collections.

In 1823 on their final trip to Africa, they visited Madeira on their way, but her husband died on the Gambia river. Left with three children she struggled to support her family as an author. In the early part of her widowhood Sarah Bowdich often visited Cuvier in Paris, where he treated her almost like a daughter; upon his death in 1832 she wrote a memoir of his life.

In 1826 she married Robert Lee and in subsequent years published under the name "Mrs. Robert Lee." Of her numerous works perhaps the four most important are: Taxidermy, 1820, an exhaustive treatment which came to a sixth edition in 1843; Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo, 1825, an excellent work of natural history; The Fresh-Water Fishes of Great Britain, 1825, superbly illustrated by the author; and Memoirs of Baron Cuvier, 1833.

Book Condition: Very Good Condition. No Dust Jacket. Octavo (standard book size). Brown Hardcover (Original Cloth).  Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Decorative gilt title on spine with some sunning.

472 pages [8], [3] leaves of plates : ill. ; 18 cm. Previous owner's signature, location and date in ink on FFEP. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Some chipping to page edges.

Scattered foxing, but text mostly clean. Edges very slightly spotted or marked. Publisher's catalogue on front and back yellow endpapers.

Voyages and travels, Juvenile fiction  Illustrator: Joseph H Byram. Category: Children; Australia; 19th century; ISBN: No ISBN. Inventory No: 50012.

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