The History of New South Wales, including Botany Bay, Port Jackson, Parramatta, Sydney, and all its Dependancies from the Original Discovery of the Island: with the Customs and Manners of the Natives…. George BARRINGTON.
The History of New South Wales, including Botany Bay, Port Jackson, Parramatta, Sydney, and all its Dependancies from the Original Discovery of the Island: with the Customs and Manners of the Natives…

The History of New South Wales…
The History of New South Wales, including Botany Bay, Port Jackson, Parramatta, Sydney, and all its Dependancies from the Original Discovery of the Island: with the Customs and Manners of the Natives…

London: M. Jones, 1802.

Octavo, handcoloured frontispiece and title-page and 13 handcoloured plates; a good copy in an attractive later binding of half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, double black spine labels.

Substantial and important account of early Sydney

First edition of Barrington's History, a substantial and important early account of the colony that transmitted much information to the English reader about life in the colony at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

First edition of Barrington's History, a substantial and important early account of the colony that transmitted much information to the English reader about life in the colony at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

With its lengthy text and fourteen full-page coloured plates, this is one of the earliest books to have attempted a description of all details of the early colonial settlement in New South Wales. A lengthy note in Nathan Garvey's The Celebrated George Barrington underlines its importance: 'an ambitious and elaborate "new" work, published in tandem with an expanded version of the Voyage. The text was for the most part a plagiaristic rewriting of David Collins' Account of the English Colony in New South Wales'. The preface claims justifiably that 'no prior attempt has been made to produce a complete history of the Country itself, from its discovery, and an account of its inhabitants, their customs and manners…'.

George Barrington had been transported to Sydney on the Third Fleet of 1791, already a legend as a rogue. Over the next decade English publishers used his notoriety to produce books on transportation and the new colony for a public eager for information.

This copy is an example of the corrected issue with Parramatta spelled thus on the title-page. Garvey has shown that the edition was put together somewhat haphazardly in multiple different issues, and consequently 'it is… common to find parts of the apparatus omitted'. This copy conforms since it does not have a half-title, nor does it include the list of plates and directions to the binder sometimes found at the end (though not required by Ferguson's collation).

Ferguson, 345; Garvey, 'George Barrington', AB29b

Condition Report: A few light spots and stains but very good.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00

US$1,444.65   Other currencies

Ref: #5000667

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