The Hobart Town Almanack for the Year 1830. With Embellishments. James ROSS, Thomas BOCK, engraver.
The Hobart Town Almanack for the Year 1830. With Embellishments.
The Hobart Town Almanack for the Year 1830. With Embellishments.

The Hobart Town Almanack for the Year 1830...
The Hobart Town Almanack for the Year 1830. With Embellishments.

Hobart Town: James Ross, 1829.

24mo, [viii],, 272 pp., engraved and lettepress titles, with a total of 11 engraved plates (including title page), original cloth.

Swan River settlers from Hobart Town

Rare and desirable early Tasmanian almanac here in its second year of issue, featuring eleven plates by the accomplished convict artist Thomas Bock and a descriptive itinerary of travel around Van Diemen's Land. Of particular interest are the final three pages of this volume, comprising regulations for Swan River settlers embarking from Hobart.

Rare and desirable early Tasmanian almanac here in its second year of issue, featuring eleven plates by the accomplished convict artist Thomas Bock and a descriptive itinerary of travel around Van Diemen's Land. Of particular interest are the final three pages of this volume, comprising regulations for Swan River settlers embarking from Hobart.

The regulations are captioned 'For the guidance of those who may propose to embark as settlers, for the new Settlement, on the Western Coast of New Holland' and were issued by the Colonial Office in January 1829. They provide an excellent insight into preliminary arrangements for the colony, especially early land grants. We learn that the government wished to incur no expense for the transport of settlers or their upkeep, although the Lieutenant-Governor will grant land proportionately at a ratio of 40 acres for every £3 invested. The significant exception to this rule being settlers who bring labourers to the Swan River colony (including women and children over ten years of age) are entitled to further land grants. Full title will not be granted until land was cleared and improved, with uncleared ground incurring an annual fiscal penalty and ultimately reverting to the Crown. The second last provision stresses 'It is not intended that any convicts, or other description of prisoners, be transported to this new settlement' – ironic given that convict labour was deemed essential to the economy and transportation continued to West Australia long after its closure in Van Diemen's Land.

The eleven plates were engraved by Thomas Bock (the good majority being signed "T. Bock") and are after originals by Frankland, Dalrymple, and Lemprière. Bock is widely recognised as one of the better convict artists of Van Diemen's Land: 'As a result of his work for James Ross, the proprietor of the Hobart Town Alamanck, Bock's skill as an engraver was further recognised. Most of the illustrations for the 1829, 1830, and 1835 almanacks were engraved by him and some also drawn by him. These plates… are competently engraved with finely-incised detail' (Hackforth-Jones The Convict Artists p.20).

Ferguson, 1366.

Price (AUD): $4,250.00  other currencies Ref: #3804576

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