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…. FIRST FLEET, often mis-attributed to William Eden ANONYMOUS.
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…
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…
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…

The History of New Holland, from its First Discovery in 1616…
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 handcoloured in outline; a most attractive copy in contemporary tree calf, the ornately gilt spine skilfully renewed.

New South Wales described for First Fleeters

First edition: a study of the Australian continent and the history of its discovery, only possible with the completion and publication of Cook's first voyage. This is the essential precursor book for the First Fleet, the widely read description of Australia published to coincide with the departure of the Fleet for New South Wales, including a description of the planned penal colony and a description of the command of the settlement. Planning for the First Fleet had proceeded rapidly following Lord Sydney's speech to the Lord Commissioners of the Treasury in August 1786. Not surprisingly, public interest in the radical scheme was considerable and the enterprising publisher John Stockdale rushed this book through the press to meet popular demand. The fine handcoloured maps detail the continent, Botany Bay and, most interestingly, the 'Passage from England to Botany Bay in New Holland 1787', showing the route that the Fleet must take.

First edition: a study of the Australian continent and the history of its discovery, only possible with the completion and publication of Cook's first voyage. This is the essential precursor book for the First Fleet, the widely read description of Australia published to coincide with the departure of the Fleet for New South Wales, including a description of the planned penal colony and a description of the command of the settlement. Planning for the First Fleet had proceeded rapidly following Lord Sydney's speech to the Lord Commissioners of the Treasury in August 1786. Not surprisingly, public interest in the radical scheme was considerable and the enterprising publisher John Stockdale rushed this book through the press to meet popular demand. The fine handcoloured maps detail the continent, Botany Bay and, most interestingly, the 'Passage from England to Botany Bay in New Holland 1787', showing the route that the Fleet must take.

In keeping with the public contention surrounding the issue of transportation to New South Wales, this book includes an extract on banishment derived from William Eden's Principles of Penal Law. The inclusion of this extract has led to the traditional misattribution to Eden of the whole book, whose compiler in fact remains unknown to this day. The History of New Holland comprises a readable summary of information about Australia, including early discoveries on the Western Australian coast and the explorations of Captain Cook on the eastern seaboard. As a description of Australia, it is essentially a synthesis for those unwilling to navigate the voluminous works of earlier mariners. It draws considerably upon the work of William Dampier - indeed the unknown compiler comments upon the 'roughness of his style' and takes some pride in presenting his facts in a rational manner. Dampier's literary technique is condemned while its content is applauded: 'though it may at present disgust the polished reader from wading through so crude a mass of information, by no means derogates from the merit of his work'.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Beddie, 27; Crittenden, 'A Bibliography of the First Fleet', 275 (as "Eden"); Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 79-81; Ferguson, 24; Holmes, 66.

Price (AUD): $10,500.00  other currencies Ref: #4504476

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