Item #5000883 Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions. John WHITE.
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions.
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions.
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions.
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions.
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions.
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions.

Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales [coloured copy]…
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions.

London: J. Debrett, 1790.

Quarto, engraved title and 65 hand coloured plates, bound with the list of subscribers, with the 4pp. advertisements and pp. 239/240 (describing the female wattle bird) and 255/256 (the superb warblers) present as cancels; en excellent copy in old half dark brown roan and marbled sides.

A Fine copy of the rare coloured issue

A very good copy of the rare coloured issue, the deluxe version of the first edition of this famous First Fleet book in which the plates, by Sarah Stone, Frederick Nodder, and others, were coloured by hand. Especially in this form, White's Journal is one of the most beautiful of Australian colour-plate books, and one of the most attractive, as well as one of the earliest, Australian bird books. With Governor Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay... - the two books produced by rival publishers - it paints a remarkable picture of the earliest days of the colonial settlement.

A very good copy of the rare coloured issue, the deluxe version of the first edition of this famous First Fleet book in which the plates, by Sarah Stone, Frederick Nodder, and others, were coloured by hand. Especially in this form, White's Journal is one of the most beautiful of Australian colour-plate books, and one of the most attractive, as well as one of the earliest, Australian bird books. With Governor Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay... - the two books produced by rival publishers - it paints a remarkable picture of the earliest days of the colonial settlement.

The book was an immediate success on publication, with subscribers alone accounting for seven hundred copies, mostly of course for the issue with the engraved plates in black-and-white. It is a travel and ornithological classic by a medical voyager: John White was chief surgeon of the First Fleet, and overcame serious medical problems in appalling conditions both on the voyage out and when the settlement was founded. He was also a keen amateur naturalist and after arriving at Port Jackson found time to accompany Phillip on two journeys of exploration. On joining the First Fleet he had begun to keep a journal in which he made notes about birds in the new colony. It was this manuscript which formed the nucleus of his journal.

The natural history content makes White's particularly noteworthy amongst the First Fleet journals. Many of the plates were drawn in England by leading natural history artists of the day, such as Sarah Stone and Frederick Nodder, from original sketches done in the colony. White's interest in natural history continued until he left New South Wales in December 1794. When the convict artist Thomas Watling arrived in the colony in October 1792 he was assigned to White and in the next two years made many drawings of birds for him. It is possible that White himself had some skill as an artist and that he was responsible for the original sketches of some of the engravings here.

White's journal also contains a good description of the voyage from London, with long, detailed accounts of the stops at Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and of the colonial voyages to Norfolk Island.

Abbey 'Travel, 605; Casey Wood, 626; Crittenden, 'A Bibliography of the First Fleet', 248; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 81-6; Ferguson, 97; Ford, 2495; Hill, 1858; Mathews, Supplement; Nissen, 4390; Wantrup, 17 (and long discussion in text); Zimmer, 672.

Condition Report: Light spotting to title and dedication leaves; an excellent copy with very good original colouring.

Price (AUD): $18,500.00

US$12,171.56   Other currencies

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