Discoveries in Australia…
Discoveries in Australia; with an Account of the Coasts and Rivers Explored and Surveyed during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.

London: T. & W. Boone, 1846.

Two volumes, octavo, with 26 plates and eight folding charts (six of them tipped into pockets of the binding, as issued); bound without the Sibourne advertisements at front of vol. II, but with both of the fragile advertising slips ('South Australia and its Mines' & 'Eyre's Journal'); a fine copy in the original ribbed blue-green cloth with kangaroo and emu vignettes in gilt on spines.

The Beagle in Australia

First edition: a handsome copy in original binding of the Beagle's great Australian survey voyage, often considered the last major voyage of Australian discovery. This work recounts the third and final circumnavigation of HMS Beagle from 1837 to 1843 under Wickham and Stokes, when the ship was in Australian waters, having been dispatched by the Admiralty to complete the mapping of the remote coasts of New Holland, in particular the north-west coast and the Torres Strait.

First edition: a handsome copy in original binding of the Beagle's great Australian survey voyage, often considered the last major voyage of Australian discovery. This work recounts the third and final circumnavigation of HMS Beagle from 1837 to 1843 under Wickham and Stokes, when the ship was in Australian waters, having been dispatched by the Admiralty to complete the mapping of the remote coasts of New Holland, in particular the north-west coast and the Torres Strait.

John Lort Stokes, who joined the Beagle in 1824, served on her for eighteen years, on all three circumnavigations, working up from a midshipman to be the final commander, a position he was given in Sydney in 1841. He had been the companion, that is, of everyone from Darwin to Phillip Parker King, and was easily the longest-serving officer on the famous ship. From 1837 to 1843 the Beagle was in Australian waters, her personnel completing the survey of the northwest coast, and charting rivers and exploring inland where appropriate. It was Stokes who charted and named Victoria River and Port Darwin, the latter in commemoration of his former shipmate. Stokes' time in command of the Beagle confirmed his reputation as a fine marine surveyor, and many of his charts of the northern Australia coast remained in use for over a century.

"Stokes is noted as an engaging, vivacious and entertaining writer. As the official account of the last major expedition of Australian discovery, his book is essential to a collection relating to coastal voyages. It is also of considerable interest to collectors of inland exploration journals, since Stokes and the crew of the Beagle undertook many expeditions inland from the coast which are recorded in his book. It is a scarce book and is eagerly sought by collectors…" (Wantrup).

Ferguson, 4406; Wantrup, 89a.

Price (AUD): $9,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504310

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