Item #5000311 Voyage a Botany-Bay, avec une description du Pays, des Moeurs, des Coutumes et de la Religion des Natifs. Par le célèbre George Barrington. Traduit de l'Anglais, sur la troisième Edition. George BARRINGTON.

Voyage a Botany-Bay…
Voyage a Botany-Bay, avec une description du Pays, des Moeurs, des Coutumes et de la Religion des Natifs. Par le célèbre George Barrington. Traduit de l'Anglais, sur la troisième Edition.

Paris: chez Desenne, An VI [1798].

Octavo, original glazed boards, later calf spine.

The first French appearance of any "Barrington" text

A particularly good copy of the first French edition, the first appearance of any translation from the Barrington literature. The French were almost as eager as the English for information on Botany Bay: at this time Australia interested several nations as a possible dumping ground for unwanted criminals and social outcasts.

A particularly good copy of the first French edition, the first appearance of any translation from the Barrington literature. The French were almost as eager as the English for information on Botany Bay: at this time Australia interested several nations as a possible dumping ground for unwanted criminals and social outcasts.

The Barrington bibliographer Garvey notes of this printing: 'French translation of the Voyage, nominally made from the third edition. This edition added various elements to the Voyage including a translator's preface, explanatory notes and, more interestingly, an additional paragraph at the conclusion of the work where 'Barrington' laments his exile".

French translations had appeared almost as soon as the various First Fleet books were published in London. The seriousness with which Barrington's account was viewed in France may be gauged by the quality of the publication: it is handsomely printed on paper superior to the English edition and can stand, in terms of production, with any of the French editions of the First Fleet officers. By the time Barrington's fame spread to France he had received an absolute pardon and was Chief Constable at Parramatta and Superintendent of Convicts.

Provenance: French library stamp on half-title ("Bibliothèque de la reine"); David Bremer (Melbourne collector, with pictorial bookplate).

Ferguson, 259; Garvey, 'George Barrington', AB12.

Condition Report: Small original paper flaw in title; a fine copy.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00

US$1,405.83   Other currencies

Ref: #5000311

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