An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, from its first settlement in January 1788, to August 1801: with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country. David COLLINS.
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, from its first settlement in January 1788, to August 1801: with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country.
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, from its first settlement in January 1788, to August 1801: with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country.

An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales.
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, from its first settlement in January 1788, to August 1801: with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country.

London: A. Strahan, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1804.

Quarto, with a portrait frontispiece, two maps (one folding), 23 engraved plates (the three natural history plates coloured) and eight text vignettes (that of the emu coloured); old half calf binding.

The posthumous second edition, revised by Collins' widow, with additions to 1803

The second edition of Collins' famous First Fleet account, a 'detailed and informed record of all important transactions in the colony' (Wantrup).

The second edition of Collins' famous First Fleet account, a 'detailed and informed record of all important transactions in the colony' (Wantrup).

This edition includes considerable changes from the original two-volume edition. Collins' wife, Maria, continued her husband's revision and edited the book, completing it with new information available to the end of 1803. Collins' earnings had been severely affected by his long service in New South Wales, and he had originally published his history of the colony in an attempt to eke out the family income. He and Maria decided to issue this cheaper edition to bring it up to date, and to reach new readers who could not afford the expensive two-volume edition.

The fine engraved plates are considered to be after the convict artist Thomas Watling, who worked for John White.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Ferguson 390

Price (AUD): $3,750.00  other currencies Ref: #4504466

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