The History of New Holland, from its First Discovery in 1616, to the Present Time. With a particular account of its produce and inhabitants; and a description of Botany Bay: also, a list of the Naval, Marine, Military and Civil Establishment…. often mis-attributed to William Eden ANONYMOUS.

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. With a particular account of its produce and inhabitants; and a description of Botany Bay: also, a list of the Naval, Marine, Military and Civil Establishment…

London: John Stockdale, 1787.

Octavo, with two folding maps, finely hand coloured in outline, modern half calf, marbled boards.

First Fleet sails for New South Wales

First edition. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales, this sometimes neglected publication was the most widely read early descriptions of Australia. It is 'an extremely interesting work and an essential inclusion in all comprehensive collections' (Davidson).

First edition. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales, this sometimes neglected publication was the most widely read early descriptions of Australia. It is 'an extremely interesting work and an essential inclusion in all comprehensive collections' (Davidson).
The anonymous compiler discusses the imminent departure and lists the numbers and equipment of the fleet as well as the principal officers, and there is also material in both preface and text about transportation, as well as an 'Introductory Discourse' on the subject by William Eden which has often led to the misattribution of the whole book to him.
The 'Eden', as it is often called, is written 'to present at one view a connected description of the whole country of New Holland'. The book is clearly aimed at a public eager for information on the new colonial venture, and for details of Botany Bay itself, which is here described at length.
This is the form in which many of the participants in the First Fleet must have absorbed what little information existed about conditions in Australia. The two fine folding maps depict the continent of 'New Holland' with an inset of Botany Bay, and the 'Passage from England to Botany Bay in New Holland 1787', showing clearly the anticipated route of the First Fleet.

Ferguson 24

Price (AUD): $3,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4503934

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