Godwin's Emigrant's Guide to Van Diemen's Land, more properly called Tasmania, containing a Description of its Climate, Soil and Productions; a Form of Application for Free Grants of Land… a list of the most necessary Articles to take out, and other information Useful to Emigrants…. Thomas GODWIN.
Godwin's Emigrant's Guide to Van Diemen's Land, more properly called Tasmania, containing a Description of its Climate, Soil and Productions; a Form of Application for Free Grants of Land… a list of the most necessary Articles to take out, and other information Useful to Emigrants…
Godwin's Emigrant's Guide to Van Diemen's Land, more properly called Tasmania, containing a Description of its Climate, Soil and Productions; a Form of Application for Free Grants of Land… a list of the most necessary Articles to take out, and other information Useful to Emigrants…

Godwin's Emigrant's Guide to Van Diemen's Land…
Godwin's Emigrant's Guide to Van Diemen's Land, more properly called Tasmania, containing a Description of its Climate, Soil and Productions; a Form of Application for Free Grants of Land… a list of the most necessary Articles to take out, and other information Useful to Emigrants…

London: Sherwood, Jones, 1823.

Octavo, with a folding handcoloured map and a folding view; original boards, printed paper label; uncut copy in original binding, preserved in a full calf box.

First edition: now rare. Godwin's work on Van Diemen's Land is one of the earliest books to promote free emigration to an Australian colony. Earlier publications were essentially historical or narrative accounts, and this is arguably the earliest Australian emigrant's guide.

First edition: now rare. Godwin's work on Van Diemen's Land is one of the earliest books to promote free emigration to an Australian colony. Earlier publications were essentially historical or narrative accounts, and this is arguably the earliest Australian emigrant's guide.

Tasmania was undergoing a period of massive expansion in the 1820s: the population rose from 5468 to 24,279 and included thousands of free immigrants, for many of whom Godwin's Guide would have been standard reading. It attempts to cover all areas of interest to the immigrant - as well as articles describing the island there are specialist chapters on sheep, land clearing, the cost of labour, cattle prices, commerce and much detail on the ordinary mechanics of living, including a short article on "a weekly Gazette published at Hobart Town by Mr A. Bent".

The lithograph frontispiece ("South West View of Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land") is by A. Aglio, after G.W. Evans's view of the same name. Aglio, adopting contemporary artistic practice, has embellished Evans's original work with the addition of cows and kangaroos in the foreground. Not all copies were issued with the folding map in the superior handcoloured form, as here.

Wantrup, 59.

Condition Report: Very good.

Price (AUD): $6,250.00

US$4,531.23   Other currencies

Ref: #2908517

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