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WEST OF CENTRE following explorer's (Giles) Cent Aus routes [ERICKSEN] LandRover
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Used (generally good or better condition - cover wear); uncreased spine; bleaching spine; cover

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03 Sep, 2014 08:18:15 AEST
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A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: Used (generally good or better condition - cover wear); uncreased spine; bleaching spine; cover wear/ creasing/ staining; one leaf noticed 'dog-eared'; age fragility of binding adhesive?; imprint reseller notations - refer to detailed description



85859 060 3



Publication Details:

First paperback (Students') edition; 1973 printing

West of Centre – Ray Ericksen

with an introduction by A.A.Phillips


ISBN: 85859 060 3

© Ray Ericksen 1972

Published by: Heinemann Educational Australia Pty Ltd, South Yarra, Victoria

Printed by: Griffin Press, Netley, South Australia

Format: glossy pictorial softcover

Pages: 210 numbered pages

Size: 13.6cm x 21.2cm x 1.4cm

Mass: approx 320g

Special Attributes: First published in 1972; this (Students') edition published 1973; pictorial stiffened/ plasticized softcover; stapled(?) binding/ glued cover; comprises high quality/ glossy papers; contains 9 chapters plus end 'retrospect' section + end note section on Giles; 4 maps/ sketchmaps (scale) of routes followed by [1] author + [2] Giles; acknowledgements; bibliography

Condition: Used (generally good or better condition – cover wear); uncreased spine; bleaching spine; cover wear/ creasing/ staining; one leaf noticed 'dog-eared'; age fragility of binding adhesive?

Text: upper free corner (page 65/66) noticed creased/ folded – 'dog-eared'; minor turning/ folding upper and lower free corners first and last pages; minor indentation (pencilled reseller price/ notations – now erased) flyleaf – textbody is otherwise clean, and free of previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting

Cover: uncreased spine; minor bleaching/ fading of spine printcolour; tanning/ discolouration off-white areas cover; rubbing wear/ indentation cover edges (frontcover primarily, and, to a lesser extent, backcover) + associated loss printcolour (flakes) frontcover edges; oblique indentation cover areas immediately adjacent to uppermost section of spine (front and backcover); localised staining backcover primarily at backcover area immediately adjacent to rear spine margin; general rubbing wear (front and backcover) and thinning/ loss of printcolour (frontcover), primarily thinning/ loss of printcolour front spine margin; minor oblique folding/ creasing are associated with upper and lower free corners (frontcover) + lower free corner (backcover); several minor score lines/ point indentations noticed frontcover; rubbing wear/ indentions cover edges (front and backcover); holding creasing/ crescent indentations (fingertip impression) noticed frontcover primarily, and, to a lesser extent, backcover; minor rubbing/ turning of upper and lower free corners (front and backcover); minor scoring/ indentations (front and backcover) due to contact with grit or similar

Description: Historical – personal account of author's experiences retracing (in 1987 by land-rover) the 'tracks' – routes of early explorers – primarily those of the explorer Ernest Giles – in Central Australia

According to the backcover, “Question an Australian and you will most likely find an urban man, vaguely conscious of great space inland from the coastal fringe in which he lives – and almost wholly ignorant of its nature. In 1967 one of these men tired of his state of innocence. he bought a Land-Rover so he would discover for himself the reality.

In this book Ray Erickson recounts his experience of seven months of solitary travel and reports on what he found in the interior of his island home, bringing a philosopher's sensitivity and a poet's eye and ear to this ancient, beautiful land.

He discovers the Centre through the changes it wrought in himself, aware of its mystery and always conscious of the first men to see it – above all of Ernest Giles, the explorer, in whose path he was travelling. He tells of country, people and wild creatures, and gives perhaps the first sustained intellectual judgement of the Australian inland.

A major piece of travel writing and personal epic, 'West of Centre' may well become a classic, to be read and re-read as long as men ponder their place in the natural world about them. ...

According to the Introductory section, “ ... Above all, I have tried to give some idea of the quality of the regions we call desert. nothing that I had read or heard had prepared me for what I saw there. I expected bare sand and endless monotony. I found, instead, great beauty and infinite variety. ...

According to the Introduction, “ ... it is a refreshingly straight-forward account of a journey through the deserts or near-deserts of the western half of Australia, following, whenever it was practicable, the trails of the great explorer Giles. ... The book has the purpose, as Ericksen puts it, 'to tell others what I had seen, what the country looked like, and how it felt to be travelling through it' ... [and] Ericksen's subsidiary intention of of doing justice to the undeservedly forgotten work of Giles. ...

A summary on the nla.gov.au internet website, states Account of authors journey through central Australia; Brief reference to Aborigines encountered by Ernest Giles (including hostile contact at Ularring well)

Containd 4 maps showing those routes followed by the author and by Giles


publication details

table of Contents


Acknowledgements – 1970

Introduction – A. A. Phillips

map: Map of Australia – route followed

Introductory: In Search of a Reason

1. The First Track

2. The Fourth Expedition

map – routes followed by Ericksen (1967) and Giles (1875 – third and fourth expeditions)

3. The Red Desert

4. An Erratic Course

5. The Long Way Round

6. A Matter of Time

7. On the Upper Finke

map – routes followed by Ericksen (1967) and Giles (1872-73)

8. To the Ehrenberg Mountains

9. From Rock to Sand

map – routes followed by Ericksen (1967) and Giles (1873-74 – second expedition)

Retrospect – June 1973

A Note on Ernest Giles

publishers' note on book (backcover)

publishers' note on author (backcover)

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