An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…. David COLLINS.
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…

An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales…

London: Cadell & Davies, 1798.

Quarto, two charts (one folding), 22 engraved plates; a handsome and large copy in full speckled calf, gilt, double spine labels.

The most detailed First Fleet account

First edition of this substantial account of the first Australian settlement, with its important suite of images of life in early Sydney. Collins had arrived with the First Fleet as Judge-Advocate and was Secretary (and friend) to Governor Phillip. His book is a valuable account of the early settlement by an educated and observant resident of ten years, and was the last of the Australian foundation books to be published. It is written with a tremendous attention to detail which marks it out as the most rigorous of any of the early narratives, and is often described as the earliest history of Australia as an English colony.

First edition of this substantial account of the first Australian settlement, with its important suite of images of life in early Sydney. Collins had arrived with the First Fleet as Judge-Advocate and was Secretary (and friend) to Governor Phillip. His book is a valuable account of the early settlement by an educated and observant resident of ten years, and was the last of the Australian foundation books to be published. It is written with a tremendous attention to detail which marks it out as the most rigorous of any of the early narratives, and is often described as the earliest history of Australia as an English colony.

The book is illustrated with full-page engravings prepared in London by the well-known artist Edward Dayes from sketches done in the colony by the convict artist Thomas Watling. The illustrations include an important group depicting the fledgling settlements at Sydney and Parramatta--the first English views--as well as a remarkable series of some of the ceremonies of the local Aboriginal tribes for whom he was known to have had a compassionate interest. Collins, the longest serving of any of the published First-Fleeters, provided the most thorough day-to-day account of life in the colony, and his notes and descriptions of aboriginal life are the best of any of his contemporaries.

A second work published four years later in 1802 continues Collins' chronicle of events.

Ferguson, 263; Hill, 335; Wantrup, 19.

Price (AUD): $12,500.00  other currencies Ref: #4505129