pen and coloured inks, watercolour, gouache, gold paint, brown morocco binding with gilt and blind embossing, red, black and blue leather inlays, blue moiré taffeta, four bound pages
illumination: 48.2 × 32.3 cm irreg. (inside border) 57.2 × 41.7 cm irreg. (including border) folio: 60.3 × 91.9 × 1.6 cm (open) 60.3 × 45.5 × 3.2 cm (closed)
inscribed in pen and ink on page 4 c.r.: G. Miller. (G. Miller underlined) / Hon: Sec: / 31st (. under st) July 1888. inlaid in red and blue leather on folio cover c.: FHC (monogram) inscribed in pen and coloured inks and gouache u.l.: TO FREDERIC HYMEN COWEN ESQ. / MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR, / CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE 1888. / Dear Sir / In proffering to you this Address of Welcome / to Victoria, we, the members of the Centennial International / Exhibition Choir, do so as a token of respect and in recognition / of your sterling merits as one of England's greatest living musicians. Your fame was known to us long before your present / appointment, and we heartily welcome and congratulate you upon your / safe arrival to fill the high and arduous office you have undertaken. / We confidently hope that your powerful aid in the divine art to / which we are devoted will be of lasting benefit to our colony, / and we trust that your brief sojourn in the Sunny South may / be filled with pleasure, and that in after years your association / with us may be a pleasing reminiscence of happy days spent / in Australia.