Lot 2: 1804 Collins First Fleet

Sydney Rare Book Auctions

June 10, 2017
Ultimo, Australia

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Description: An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, From its First Settlement in January 1788, to August 1801: with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the Native Inhabitants of that Country. To which are added, some particulars of New Zealand; compiled by permission, from the MSS. of Lieutenant-Governor King. And an Account of a Voyage Performed by Captain Flinders and Mr Bass; By Which the Existence of a Strait Separating Van Diemen's Land from the Continent of New Holland was Ascertained. Abstracted from the Journal of Mr.Bass London T. Cadell and W.Davies 1804. Second edition. Rebound in the twentieth century in half leather and retaining older marbled paper covered boards. There is some foxing mostly to the plates with the text block being mostly clean. There is a stain on the first and last 3 leaves. The Images of both the Emu and the Platypus are both hand coloured. Wantrup P83 states that in some copies the three natural history plates are coloured by hand. This copy has 2 and not 3 of them hand coloured. This second edition is an abridgement of the two volume work which was published in 1798 and 1802. The many fine plates are after sketches by Thomas Watling. Its the first History of New South Wales and important for the depiction of Aboriginal customs
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