New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory, 1833. KING, STEPHENS, STOKES.
New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory, 1833.
New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory, 1833.

New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory, 1833.

Sydney: Stephens & Stokes, December 1832.

Octavo, folding map, engraved title-page with view of the GPO, two folding tables, two folding plates (one hand-coloured), map of Mount Victoria, two views of the Mount Victoria pass by John Carmichael, and 11 engraved advertisements for Sydney merchants.

With an extensive series of Sydney engravings

Rare Sydney almanac and directory in very good original state, with its complete suite of engraved plates and maps by three of the most important early Sydney printers and engravers, John Carmichael, William Wilson and William Moffitt.

Rare Sydney almanac and directory in very good original state, with its complete suite of engraved plates and maps by three of the most important early Sydney printers and engravers, John Carmichael, William Wilson and William Moffitt.
This was only the second year of publication for the New South Wales Calendar, and it features an impressive roll-call of contributors. Of particular note is the folding 'Map of the Town of Sydney 1833', engraved by Wilson from an original plan drawn by Major Thomas Mitchell, then serving as Surveyor-General of the colony. Importantly, Mitchell also contributes a 'Description of Mount Victoria', which details the building of the new pass over the Blue Mountains opened in 1832; Mitchell's report is accompanied by a map and two fine engravings by John Carmichael. Another major contribution is the interesting 'Sketch of the Colony of New South Wales; or, Australia' by the Reverend C. Pleydell N. Wilton, Chaplain of Newcastle.
A fascinating inclusion is Phillip Parker King's 'Sailing Directions for the Navigation of the Inner Route, through Torres Strait; with a Description of the north eastern coast of New South Wales, from Breaksea Spit to Cape York' (pp. 19-52). Reprinted from its original appearance as an appendix to his voyage account of 1827, King's detailed reports are included here specifically 'in the hope of their being of use, and of rendering the passage of the inner route to Torres Strait more available to the commercial world', at a time when the treacherous waters of The Great Barrier Reef were playing host to increased shipping traffic.
Such almanacs offer a rare opportunity to study the skill of the local engravers and printers, while also providing a detailed picture of life in the colony, while also providing a detailed picture of life in the colony, whether it is the comprehensive 'Itinerary of Roads throughout New South Wales' (pp. 53-149), lists of the civil and military establishment, information regarding shipping, business and public institutions, or the 'General Post Office Directory' itself. Of great charm are the eleven engraved advertisements for local merchants including the watchmaker Broad, and Edward Fagan of the Wellington Brewery in George Street. 'In New South Wales almanacs and directories were chiefly devoted to government and commercial activities. Views of Sydney, maps and advertisements make up most of the pictorial content… Carmichael and Wilson came to the colony as free men; Moffitt was transported for stealing tea.' (Roger Butler, Printed Images in Colonial Australia 1801-1901, p. 63; for examples of some of the illustrated trade cards see also pp. 64-65).

Ferguson, 1689.

Price (AUD): $8,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4003736

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