Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of nondescript animals, birds, lizards, serpents…. John WHITE.
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of nondescript animals, birds, lizards, serpents…
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of nondescript animals, birds, lizards, serpents…
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of nondescript animals, birds, lizards, serpents…

Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales…
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of nondescript animals, birds, lizards, serpents…

London: J. Debrett, 1790.

Tall quarto, with an engraved title page and 65 engraved plates; an unusually nice copy, complete with the 8-page List of Subscribers, in contemporary speckled calf, splendidly rebacked in style.

The most substantial early work of Australian natural history: a fine copy with generous margins

Effectively the first natural history of the new colony, John White's Journal is a travel and ornithological classic by a medical voyager. John White was chief surgeon of the First Fleet, and was particularly successful in that he overcame serious medical problems in appalling conditions both on the voyage out and when the settlement was founded. He was also a keen amateur naturalist and after arriving at Port Jackson found time to accompany Phillip on two journeys of exploration. On joining the First Fleet he had begun to keep a journal in which he made notes about birds in the new colony. It was this manuscript which formed the nucleus of his journal.

Effectively the first natural history of the new colony, John White's Journal is a travel and ornithological classic by a medical voyager. John White was chief surgeon of the First Fleet, and was particularly successful in that he overcame serious medical problems in appalling conditions both on the voyage out and when the settlement was founded. He was also a keen amateur naturalist and after arriving at Port Jackson found time to accompany Phillip on two journeys of exploration. On joining the First Fleet he had begun to keep a journal in which he made notes about birds in the new colony. It was this manuscript which formed the nucleus of his journal.

The natural history content of the published account makes White's particularly noteworthy amongst the First Fleet journals. Many of the plates were drawn in England by leading natural history artists of the day, such as Sarah Stone, from original sketches done in the colony. White's journal also contains an interesting and valuable account of the voyage from London, with long, detailed accounts of the stops at Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and of the colonial voyages to Norfolk Island. The book was an immediate success, with subscribers alone accounting for seven hundred copies.

There has been much discussion over the years regarding detailed variations in the printing of the first edition of this work, but this copy is an absolutely typical example of the standard configuration most often seen, with the two leaves replacing earlier errors and complete with the list of subscribers and publisher's advertisement that were not ready for the earliest printings (for a full discussion see Ferguson, 97; Matthews, Birds of Australia, Supplement; and Wantrup, pp. 75-7).

Casey Wood, 626; Crittenden, 'A Bibliography of the First Fleet', 248; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 81-6; Ferguson, 97; Ford, 2495; Hill, 1858; Nissen ZBI, 4390; Wantrup, 17; Zimmer, 672.

Condition Report: First edition: a fine copy with generous margins.

Price (AUD): $8,750.00

US$6,573.39   Other currencies

Ref: #4504261

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