Item #5000717 An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip's Voyage, compiled from the Official Papers; Including the Journals of Governors Phillip and King, and of Lieut. Ball; and the Voyages from the First Sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the Return of that Ship's Company to England in 1792. John HUNTER.
An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip's Voyage, compiled from the Official Papers; Including the Journals of Governors Phillip and King, and of Lieut. Ball; and the Voyages from the First Sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the Return of that Ship's Company to England in 1792.
An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip's Voyage, compiled from the Official Papers; Including the Journals of Governors Phillip and King, and of Lieut. Ball; and the Voyages from the First Sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the Return of that Ship's Company to England in 1792.

An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island…
An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip's Voyage, compiled from the Official Papers; Including the Journals of Governors Phillip and King, and of Lieut. Ball; and the Voyages from the First Sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the Return of that Ship's Company to England in 1792.

London: John Stockdale, 1793.

Quarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts (including the fine title-page vignette); a splendid copy (a few age spots only) with large margins in handsome early nineteenth-century tree calf, very neatly rebacked, flat spine panelled in gilt, original crimson label preserved.

The special issue of this important First Fleeter, on "Superfine, Wove Royal" paper

A superb copy of the first edition of Hunter's important Journal of the first years of settlement at Sydney. This is an example of the very scarce special issue on a fine wove paper (rather than the laid paper of the regular issue), as announced in the publisher's advertisement for the book "A few Copies of the above Work may be had printed on a Superfine, Wove Royal, Price 2l. 2s. in Boards". That price compared to the "1l. 11s. In Bds" of the normal version.

A superb copy of the first edition of Hunter's important Journal of the first years of settlement at Sydney. This is an example of the very scarce special issue on a fine wove paper (rather than the laid paper of the regular issue), as announced in the publisher's advertisement for the book "A few Copies of the above Work may be had printed on a Superfine, Wove Royal, Price 2l. 2s. in Boards". That price compared to the "1l. 11s. In Bds" of the normal version.

Second captain of HMS Sirius under Phillip for the voyage to Botany Bay, Hunter became actively engaged in surveying and exploration in New South Wales, and only left for England in late 1791 after the loss of the Sirius at Norfolk Island while under his command. He spent the next few years in England, where he prepared his journals for publication. Hunter gives an excellent account of many activities, particularly exploration and the settlement at Norfolk Island (based on King's papers), which are treated more cursorily by the other First Fleet chroniclers. The engraved plates and maps, many of the latter from original cartography by Hunter, Dawes and Bradley, are very fine. The plates include the well-known "View of the Settlement at Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, 20th August 1788" (the first published engraving of Sydney) and P.G. King's "A Family of New South Wales", engraved by William Blake.

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Hunter was an experienced sea captain and the most dedicated navigator of the First Fleeters, and his book is in effect the first pilot for Australian waters and a significant companion to Cook, in particular, whose narrative he frequently consulted. As might be expected, therefore, the maps are excellent. Furthermore, it was the last book to include writings by Phillip as it prints his dispatches to the end of 1791; it is also the first account of Norfolk Island, and thus the first work to publish anything by Philip Gidley King.

The book was edited for the press by the Scottish antiquarian George Chalmers, and was heavily subscribed by booksellers (including 50 copies to Robinson); its clout can easily be measured by noting other subscribers including Joseph Banks, Lord Sydney, Evan Nepean, and Alexander Dalrymple. As with Governor Phillip's account, this was published by Stockdale, continuing his monopoly on the "official" accounts of the colony.

Provenance: John Ewart Davies (book label); Colin Skelton Anderson (1904-1980, businessman and museum trustee; with armorial bookplate); private collection (Australia).

Crittenden, 'A Bibliography of the First Fleet', 110; Ferguson, 152; Wantrup, 13.

Price (AUD): $11,000.00

US$7,408.79   Other currencies

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