Adelaide : F.W. Preece and Sons, 1925. First edition. Thick octavo; publisher’s purple cloth; upper board with gilt-stamped device depicting Wandjina spirit; spine lettered in gilt (a little sunned); colour frontispiece plate; pp xx, 422; illustrated with 55 photographic plates and line drawings in the text; edges slightly foxed, a very good copy.
Herbert Basedow (1881-1933) was an Adelaide-born anthropologist, geologist, explorer and medical practitioner. This book encapsulates his experience with the Indigenous peoples over twenty years, including his time in the position, newly created by the Federal government (1911), of chief protector and chief medical inspector of Aboriginals.