Extracts from the Letters and Journals of George Fletcher Moore, Esq. Now filling a Judicial Office at the Swan River Settlement…. SWAN RIVER, George Fletcher MOORE.
Extracts from the Letters and Journals of George Fletcher Moore, Esq. Now filling a Judicial Office at the Swan River Settlement…

Extracts from the Letters and Journals of George Fletcher Moore, Esq. Now filling a Judicial Office at the Swan River Settlement…

London and Dublin: Orr and Smith, W. Curry, 1834.

Small octavo, folding map, a fine copy in contemporary half polished calf withdrawn from the library of Lincoln's Inn (with gilt armorial crest to lower spine).

Aboriginal tribes of the Swan River

First edition of this rare book in the preferred issue with the folding map.

First edition of this rare book in the preferred issue with the folding map.

Portions of Moore's letters were first published in slim pamphlets in Dublin in 1832; these are extremely rare. This longer edition, also rare, contains further letters and more detailed extracts which cover in rich personal detail the first five years of settlement.

Moore, a lawyer, landed proprietor, diarist, and the colony's advocate-general arrived at the Swan River Settlement on the brig Cleopatra in 1830; over the following decades he became a large land-holder at his property Millendon and was appointed advocate-general. Less than a month after arriving in the settlement, Moore accompanied the colonial secretary on a search-party to find Aborigines implicated in a robbery. From this period on he would express sympathetic concern for the local tribes, and made a sustained effort to learn their language and understand their stories: this interest culminated in his later vocabulary of the dialects of the region.

Moore was also an enthusiastic explorer who took part in several inland expeditions: he traced the Swan River to the Avon; helped discover the York district; discovered the Moore River and good land near Northam; and was sent to examine the Champion Bay district following Grey's report.

Ferguson, 1823.

Condition Report: Some scattered foxing.

Price (AUD): $2,500.00

US$1,833.85   Other currencies

Ref: #4106599

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