A Voyage to New South Wales; with a Description of the Country; The Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives, in the Vicinity of Botany Bay. By George Barrington, now Superintendent of the Convicts at Paramatta [sic]. George BARRINGTON.
A Voyage to New South Wales; with a Description of the Country; The Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives, in the Vicinity of Botany Bay. By George Barrington, now Superintendent of the Convicts at Paramatta [sic].
A Voyage to New South Wales; with a Description of the Country; The Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives, in the Vicinity of Botany Bay. By George Barrington, now Superintendent of the Convicts at Paramatta [sic].
A Voyage to New South Wales; with a Description of the Country; The Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives, in the Vicinity of Botany Bay. By George Barrington, now Superintendent of the Convicts at Paramatta [sic].

A Voyage to New South Wales…
A Voyage to New South Wales; with a Description of the Country; The Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives, in the Vicinity of Botany Bay. By George Barrington, now Superintendent of the Convicts at Paramatta [sic].

Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1796.

Duodecimo, with 2-pp. publisher's advertisements;, with the half-title, in original American mottled sheep, unlettered spine ruled in gilt; front hinge starting, head of spine restored.

The rare American Barrington

Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition of Barrington's Voyage, in appealing and characteristic contemporary condition, is very rare; two copies are recorded at the State Library of New South Wales (Mitchell and Dixson), while the National Library has Ferguson's copy and a fourth is to be found at Monash University.

Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition of Barrington's Voyage, in appealing and characteristic contemporary condition, is very rare; two copies are recorded at the State Library of New South Wales (Mitchell and Dixson), while the National Library has Ferguson's copy and a fourth is to be found at Monash University.

It is ironic that an essentially fraudulent work should prove to be a fundamental source for eighteenth-century American knowledge of the new settlement at Port Jackson. Eighteenth-century American voyage publications are generally acknowledged as rare: this is particularly interesting as one of only two accounts of New South Wales printed in the United States by 1800. The Philadelphia Barrington was preceded only by the exceptionally rare 1789 New York edition of Tench, of which only two copies are known, at the Mitchell and the National Library.

Ferguson, 235; Garvey, 'George Barrington', AB8; not in Sabin.

Price (AUD): $5,800.00  other currencies Ref: #3206510

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