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South Australian Aboriginal Folklore – Edited by the Late Rev. G. Taplin


The Folklore, Manners, Customs, and languages of the South Australian Aborigines were gathered from Inquiries made by Authority of the South Australian Government.

The substance of the book was derived from a 48-question circular compiled by George Taplin and ‘distributed to all the keepers of aborigines’ depots throughout the colony, and to all persons who are known to be acquainted with the manners, customs, and languages of the aborigines’; the value of the work may be judged by the editor’s remark in the introduction ‘that much information has been elicited, and that most of the papers show that the writers have used their powers of observation in an intelligent manner’.

The untimely death of Taplin in June 1879 at the early age of 47 may account for the failure of further volumes in the series to materialise.

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A hardcover edition with green boards, gilt lettering and motif on the front board. There is foxing and toning throughout but the text, photographs, drawings and music sheets are clear and legible. Many pages are detached from the spine (see photos). This rare book is worth being rebound due to its scarcity.

There is a previous owner’s ink inscription on the inside front page.

There is some rubbing and wear to the spine and edges of the book. There is also a watermark on the bottom of the pages. Fold-out letters at the back of the book remain intact.  We are happy to send more photos if this book is of interest.

Frontispiece tipped-in albumen print photograph ” A Camp of the Narrinyeri, Lake Alexandria”

Publisher: E. Spiller, Acting Government Printer, Adelaide.

First Series. Publication Date: 1879

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Weight 0.530 kg
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