Paper Nation: The Story of the Picturesque Atlas of Australia 1886–1888

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The massive, three-volume Picturesque Atlas of Australia was first published in Sydney in 1886. Its publication was one of the most significant cultural projects in 19th-century Australia. Writers, artists, academics, and politicians came together to prepare a book of unprecedented grandeur and ambition, and a publishing company was established to publish it. The 700 engravings on steel and wood contained in the Picturesque Atlas were among the finest engravings to be found anywhere in the world at this time.

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Tony Hughes-d’Aeth has a doctorate from the English department of the University of Western Australia and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney. With a background in literary and historical studies, his interest is in visual research, particularly of colonial photography. He lives in Palmyra, Australia.

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“Hughes-d'Aeth is alive both to visual images as 'text' and to the visual impact of the written text. Paper Nation . . . is a major contribution to the history of how we have shaped ourselves in our own minds.”  —Australian Book Review

Paper Nation will stand with Tim Bonyhady’s The Colonial Earth as two of the most intelligent and insightful contributions made to the discussion of colonial attitudes towards the Australian continent. Informed by an acute theoretical perspective and supported by a sensitive and detailed reading of the Atlas, Paper Nation makes itself an indispensable contibutor to the understanding of this period in Australian history.”  —JAS Review of Books

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