The Dig Tree
The Story of Bravery, Insanity, and the Race to Discover Australia's Wild Frontier
by Sarah Murgatroyd
Broadway Books, 2002, b/w photographs and illustrations in text, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0767908287
Like New Condition, very minor edge and shelf wear to book and dustjacket
'The Dig Tree is the story of eighteen explorers - who departed Melbourne's Royal Park on August 20, 1860, with a send-off by a crowd of ten thousand well-wishers, on a mission to chart the wild Australian frontier. Led by a mercurial police officer, an alcoholic camel handler, an American fortune hunter, and a German Naturalist, this chaotic group would encounter hardships of a magnitude unheard of to that point and unmatched to this day. Only one would come back alive, bringing with him an unbelievable story of perseverance, idiocy, near-misses, courage, heroism, and utter insanity.'