Lot 1: 1790 Coloured White First Fleet Journal

Sydney Rare Book Auctions

June 10, 2017
Ultimo, Australia

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Description: Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales: With Sixty-five Plates of Nondescript Animals, Birds, Lizards, Serpents, curious Cones of Trees and other Natural Productions by John White Surgeon General to the Settlement.: London: Printed for J. Debrett, Piccadilly : 1790. Title page with an engraved view in Port Jackson, dedication page, advertisement page, 7 page list of subscribers, 3 page list of plates and 299 pages of text then follows A Diary of the Winds, Weather, Temperature of the Air & ... this is 34 unnumbered pages then a 4 page Catalogue of New Publications SixtyFive hand coloured plates 30 x 24cms. Rebound in contemporary leather covered boards with some repair to the corners and a new leather spine by Sydney binder John Turner, marbled endpapers. Some of the tissue guards are not original. There is some slight foxing to the title page and the occasional mark throughout and these mostly on the tissue guards. This is a very good clean first fleet journal and not many copies of this special coloured edition have survived in such clean condition Ferguson 97 Abbey Travel 605: Hill 1858; : Account of a voyage of the first fleet and the subsequent foundation of the colony . White as well as being the Surgeon General was a very keen amateur naturalist and his interest here is reflected in the quality of both the illustrations and his observations. . The voyage out and the early days of settlement had a low mortality rate partly due to his management. This book is an important foundation account for the European settlement of Australia and this is one of the rare coloured copies
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