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ANGUS [ANGAS], George French.
Views of the Gold Regions of Australia.

London: J. Hogarth, Hullmandel & Walton, 1851.
Ferguson 5997 (plain copy) and 5998; Abbey Travel 583; Bobins 318.
London: J. Hogarth, Hullmandel & Walton, 1851.

Folio (17" x 13 ½"), pp. 1 & 2 description of plates, original blue cloth, title in gilt to spine. 5 hand-colored lithograph plates, plus title. Housed in new blue morocco-backed cloth box. This work was evidently copies from the book published in Sydney in the same year. 6 views of the Goldfields of Ophir. The fact that the name of the artist has been mistakenly given as Angus suggests that this London version was published without Angas's knowledge. There is no plate corresponding to Plate 5 of the Sydney edition. Angus, the son of George Fife Angas, one of the founders of South Australia. He studied anatomical drawings and lithography in London after first having been placed in business, which he disliked. He visited Malta and Sicily in 1841, and published hid first book of travels in 1842. He went to Australia in 1843 and later spent about a year in South Africa. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Summerhill Creek, part of Church Hill. 2. Summer-Hill Creek, below Lewis' Ponds. Gold Washing. 3. Gold Diggers' Encampment. 4. Fitzroy Bar, at the Junction of two Creeks. 5. General view of Ophir. 6. Gold Diggers arriving at Bathurst on their way to Ophir.