[BYRNE, L. J.]. Visit of the Detached Squadron with their Royal Highnesses Prince Edward and Prince George of Wales to Brisbane, from 16th to 20th August, 1881. Brisbane, J.C. Beal, Government Printer, 1881.
4to. Original full morocco, gilt, gilt-decorated floriate borders, gilt-ruled spine with gilt motifs to compartments, front cover titled in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. [2, title-page printed in 3 colours], vii, 39; 10 mounted real photographs, one tinted lithograph; slightly rubbed, occasional spotting, as usual, tissue gards renewed, ownership inscription removed from title, a handsome copy in the publisher's presentation binding.
First edition of the official Queensland Government account of the royal visit. A lavishly produced record of the visits by two sons of Queen Victoria to Australia. 'Prince George of Wales visited Brisbane with his older brother, Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward (generally known as Prince Edward, or Eddie to his brother George), while the brothers were serving as Midshipmen on HMS Bachante, part of a naval squadron on a three year tour of the British Empire visiting the Americas, the Falkland Islands, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, the Far East, Singapore, Ceylon, Aden, Egypt, the Holy Land and Greece between 1879 and 1882. The squadron visited Brisbane in August of 1881 and the princes were the star attractions at a series of garden parties, picnics and balls. Prince George was sixteen at the time and his brother Edward was seventeen' (John Oxley Library, online).