Withers, William B.; History of Ballarat, from the first Pastoral Settlement to the Present Time. F.W. Niven & Co., Ballarat, Second Edition: 1887. Octavo, pp. xx, 362, 32cm x 88cm folding chromolithograph View of Ballarat,Victoria, Australia, 25 additional views including a 37cm x 62cm folded Plan of the Ballarat and Sebastopol Gold Mines, showing the various claims and leases, compiled by Robert Allan Mining Surveyor.
The work is complete and in the original blue-green cloth with black titles and black and gilt stamped illustrations on both the front and rear covers. The binding colors are faded and rubbed. Inner hinges nicely reenforced some soiling to outer page margins and short splits in frontispiece at folds repaired with archival tape on verso with no lose to image. Over all a good plus copy.
Withers (1823–1913), was an Australian historian and journalist. He immigrated from England to Australia in 1852. He became a journalist in Melbourne and then settled in Ballarat in 1855 where he worked for three Ballarat newspapers. He wrote several novels and also historical pieces on the history of the settling of parts of Australia. His “History of Ballarat” is his best known work. The work was first published in 1870 and quickly sold out. His second edition brings the history of the Ballarat region up to date and adds new information. The work is in eight chapters. Withers discusses Ballarat before the discovery of gold and then discusses the discovery of gold, the opening of the deposits, the expansion of mining, political development of the region, the development of the mines and the growth of Ballarat from a small town to a city. This is the best early publication on Ballarat, and a great story of the gold rush and the period following the gold rush.