An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales, including observations on the soils and general appearance of the country… with an account of the various methods of clearing and improving lands, breeding and grazing live stock, erecting buildings…. James ATKINSON.
An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales, including observations on the soils and general appearance of the country… with an account of the various methods of clearing and improving lands, breeding and grazing live stock, erecting buildings…

An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales…
An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales, including observations on the soils and general appearance of the country… with an account of the various methods of clearing and improving lands, breeding and grazing live stock, erecting buildings…

London: J. Cross, 1826.

Octavo, half-title, with four hand-coloured aquatint plates, and advertisement leaf for the printer Joseph Cross; a very attractive copy in modern half calf.

The first book on Australian agriculture

Scarce: The first book on Australian agriculture, with the earliest published architectural drawing of an Australian house.

Scarce: The first book on Australian agriculture, with the earliest published architectural drawing of an Australian house.

Atkinson's account of the agricultural and pastoral frontier, based on several years' personal experience, is at once a practical guide and a descriptive survey of the agricultural districts and large establishments. It is one of the best early sources for the details of life in the bush. Written specifically to provide 'information important to those who are about to emigrate to this Country', it is based on Atkinson's own experiences in the Southern Highlands of NSW, now an idyllic country area an hour from Sydney but then almost a frontier settlement. Atkinson was father of the novelist, Louisa Atkinson, and first husband of Charlotte Barton, author of the first Australian children's book.

His house Oldbury is today the oldest surviving house in the Southern Highlands, built on the land he was granted in the Bong Bong district in 1821-2. He named the property for his birthplace in Kent, England. His ground-plan of Oldbury which appears in this book is especially important as the earliest published architectural drawing of an Australian house.

This book was issued in two forms, with or without an additional folding view and a map; this is the issue without the extra illustrations.

Ferguson,1054.

Price (AUD): $5,000.00  other currencies Ref: #4505134