Dicker’s Mining Record, and Guide to the Gold Mines of Victoria; showing the Bearings, Depths, Thicknesses, Dips, and Underlies of the Auriferous Lodes...1861-1867

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Dicker’s Mining Record, and Guide to the Gold Mines of Victoria; showing the Bearings, Depths, Thicknesses, Dips, and Underlies of the Auriferous Lodes; The Progress and Cost of Works in Operation…..Vol. 1 & 2, Sandhurst 1861-63, and Vol. 1 - Vol. 4, Weekly Issue, 1865-67, Melbourne. Six volumes, small folio, Vol. 1 no. 1-12 plus one supplement, 1861-62, pp. viii, 16, 16, 16, 4,16, 20, 20,20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20. Vol. 2 no 1-12, 1862-63, pp. viii, pp. 276 total.  Vol.1, Weekly Issue, 1865, pp. xvi, 436. Vol. 2 Weekly Issue, Jan. - June, 1866, pp. vii, 432. Vol. 3 Weekly Issue, July - Dec., 1866, pp. vi, 384, with folded maps and mine plans. Vol. 4 Weekly Issue, Jan.-June, 1867. pp. iv, 304 with maps, mine plans and a scene of underground workings in Germany. The set ends with this issue. After June of 1867 the publication became Dicker’s Mining Record and Melbourne Stock, Bank, Railway, Insurance, Gas etc. and General Share Register. 

Volumes 1 and 2 1861-63 are in half calf and cloth with gilt ruled edges and six spine panels and bands with gilt titles, marbled end sheets, red text block edges. Light scuffing to binding, light marginal edge foxing to text. In very good condition. Vol. 1 through 4 Weekly Issue are in half calf and cloth with gilt ruled edges and six spine panels and bands with gilt titles, marbled end sheets, red text block edges. Vol. 1 has some staining to first and last pages possibly from an early spill of coffee or tea, otherwise the text is clean. Vols. 2-4 have a very clean text with maps and plans pristine.
 
It is impossible to determine what constitutes a complete set of the Dicker’s Mining Record since sets are so rare. Our set appears to be a complete set. The work began in 1861 and ceased for a year in 1864. It resumed as a weekly publication in 1865 and lasted into 1867. One authority indicates there may have been a separate set of five loose plates of Ballarat mining scenes issued in 1867. These were published as a separate folio with no text. We could find only one record to a set in Australia. The plates measure 21.2 cm high by 32.8 cm wide. It is not known how many sets were issued. The German mining scene plate in our 1867 volume was published to show how a proper underground mining operation should appear. There is no mention of the five Ballarat mining scene plates within the 1867 volume. The publication remains an excellent source of information on the gold mining operations in Australia. For all intents the Dicker’s Mining Record associated with gold mining ceased to exist with the June 1867 issue and became more of a stock exchange publication.