The Colony of Western Australia. A Manual for Emigrants to that Settlement or its Dependencies…..…. Nathaniel OGLE.

The Colony of Western Australia. A Manual for Emigrants…
The Colony of Western Australia. A Manual for Emigrants to that Settlement or its Dependencies…..…

London: James Fraser, 1839.

Octavo, with frontispiece and four plates (two folding) by C.D. Wittenoom; four folding tables; large folding map of Western Australia (coloured in outline) in endpocket of the binding; half calf with marbled boards by Aquarius.

A Domesday Book for the Swan River

First edition: a highly important source of information on the fledgling colony of Western Australia, incorporating a detailed and comprehensive census of leaseholders and allotments throughout the state: in effect, this is a Domesday Book of the Swan River.

First edition: a highly important source of information on the fledgling colony of Western Australia, incorporating a detailed and comprehensive census of leaseholders and allotments throughout the state: in effect, this is a Domesday Book of the Swan River.

The principal aim of the work is to provide an honest and accurate description of the colony for the information of prospective migrants. The local history and merits of each region are detailed, with an eye to various types of agriculture and grazing enterprise. The legal status of Aborigines is examined in relation to land grants and ownership, reflecting the fundamental emphasis of book on the availability of quality land for potential immigrants. Accordingly, the appendices list the landholders of Western Australia at the time of publication, all carefully checked and verified from official sources. These detailed lists include the name of the owner or leaseholder, size of the property, date of issue and any special conditions attached to the sale, lease or grant.

The value of this book lies in the effort taken by the author to compile an accurate account drawn from a diversity of original documents, including personal memoirs, official journals, the logs of several private expeditions and coastal voyages undertaken in the first decade of settlement. It includes a large folding map printed in colour compiled by John Arrowsmith from the survey of John Septimus Roe.

The sensible and eminently practical nature of the work belies an easy writing style that dips into anecdote and first-hand description to enrich the narrative.

Ferguson, 2819.

Condition Report: A very good copy in a good Aquarius binding appropriate to the period; edges of the folding map just slightly worn.

Price (AUD): $3,450.00

US$2,466.22   Other currencies

Ref: #4504443

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