Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly. FLY VOYAGE, J. Beete JUKES.
Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly.
Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly.
Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly.
Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly.
Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly.

Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly.

London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.

Two volumes, octavo, 17 plates and two folding maps, illustrated; in attractive old pale tan half calf, double labels.

The Fly voyage

First edition of one of the most significant of the early Australian coastal voyages. The Jukes account is particularly important for his description of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Torres Strait, and includes an impressively detailed map of the north-east coast from Endeavour River north to New Guinea.

First edition of one of the most significant of the early Australian coastal voyages. The Jukes account is particularly important for his description of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Torres Strait, and includes an impressively detailed map of the north-east coast from Endeavour River north to New Guinea.

'The Admiralty decided in 1841 to have the Great Barrier Reefs explored and to have the gaps surveyed in order that some means might be devised for marking the most eligible of these openings, in order that they could be recognised in due time and passed through in comparative safety… The expedition was noteworthy for being the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission…' (Ingleton, Charting a Continent, pp. 61-66).

The Fly was commissioned under Captain Francis Price Blackwood, and sailed from Falmouth on 11 April 1842 with her tender the cutter Bramble. Jukes sailed as the naturalist to the expedition, and with his captain's consent wrote the official narrative.

Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 129-30; Ferguson, 4549; Hill, 901; People, Print and Paper, 119; Wantrup, 92a.

Price (AUD): $6,250.00  other currencies Ref: #3104186

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