The History of New Holland, from its First Discovery in 1616, to the Present Time. And a discourse on banishment by the Right Honourable Lord Aukland. Illustrated with a chart of New Holland, and a plan of Botany Bay.
The History of New Holland, from its First Discovery in 1616, to the Present Time. And a discourse on banishment by the Right Honourable Lord Aukland. Illustrated with a chart of New Holland, and a plan of Botany Bay.

The History of New Holland, from its First Discovery in 1616, to the Present Time.
The History of New Holland, from its First Discovery in 1616, to the Present Time. And a discourse on banishment by the Right Honourable Lord Aukland. Illustrated with a chart of New Holland, and a plan of Botany Bay.

London: John Stockdale, 1790.

Quarto, folding map; black half roan, with the bookplate of Henry White.

An essential book for First Fleet collectors

An essential First Fleet book, widely considered the best guide to the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales: 'an extremely interesting work and an essential inclusion in all comprehensive collections''(Davidson).

An essential First Fleet book, widely considered the best guide to the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales: 'an extremely interesting work and an essential inclusion in all comprehensive collections''(Davidson).

Stockdale initially published this book in 1787, coinciding with the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales. It appeased significant public curiosity about conditions in the unknown land, compiling information from previously published sources including Hawkesworth's edition of the first voyage of Captain James Cook. The History of New Holland was included in the second quarto edition of The Voyage of Governor Arthur Phillip to Botany Bay, with new title page dated 1790 and an impressive hand-coloured chart of the continent.

The work was published as a canny attempt to take advantage of a public eager for information on the new colonial venture and for details of Botany Bay itself, which is here described at length. Although special mention is made of the works of Dampier and Parkinson (who was held to be particularly helpful regarding conditions on the east coast of New Holland), it is Captain Cook's discoveries that comprise the main source of information, here presented in the context of actual settlement. In fact, 'the greater part of the book is devoted to Cook's discoveries'(Holmes).

The Discourse on Banishment comprising pages clxx-clxxv of this edition was written by William Eden, which has led to the traditional misattribution of the whole book as his work.

Provenance: Henry White, Belltrees, Scone

Ferguson 90 (Phillip).

Price (AUD): $4,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #4403191

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