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    First Edition of the First Official Account
    of the Voyage to Botany Bay, with the
    Natural History Plates Hand-Colored

    Governor [Arthur] Phillip. The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay; with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; compiled from Authentic Papers, which have been obtained from the several Departments. To which are added, The Journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an Account of their New Discoveries. Embellished with fifty five Copper Plates, The Maps and Charts taken from Actual Surveys, & the Plans & Views drawn on the Spot, by Capt. Hunter, Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Dawes, Bradley, Capt. Marshall, &c. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1789.
    First edition, rare deluxe issue with thirty-one natural history plates printed on laid paper and hand-colored. Large quarto (11.0625 x 8.625 inches; 281 x 189 mm.). 6, [2, errata (verso blank)], viii, [8, "A List of the Subscribers"], [3, "List of the Plates"], [1, blank], x (Contents), 298, lxxiv (Appendix), [2, publisher's advertisements] pages. Page 122 incorrectly numbered 221. Complete with engraved frontispiece portrait of Arthur Phillip Esq. by W. Sherwin, from an original picture painted by F. Wheatly; engraved title with vignette engraved by T. Medland after H. Webber; and fifty-three engraved plates and maps, including natural history plates, views, plates of aboriginals, maps and charts, most folding or double-page, engraved portrait of Lieutt. King by W. Skelton after J. Wright, and engraved portrait of Lieutt. Shortland by W. Sherwin after S. Shelley. Thirty-one of the natural history plates are printed on laid paper and hand-colored. Most plates with the original tissue guards. "A List of Convicts Sent to New South Wales in 1787" (pages [lv]-lxxiv of the Appendix).
    The title-page is in the first state, with "H. Webber invent." on the lower left side of the vignette; first state of Plate 10, "The Kangooroo," facing page 106, Plate 30, "Skeleton of the Head of the Kangooroo and Vulpine Opossum," facing page 168; and Plate 47, "Kangooroo Rat," facing page 277, with "Kangooroo later corrected to "Kanguroo;" and later state of Plate 16, facing page 150, with "Wulpine Opossum" corrected to "Vulpine Opossum." In this copy, Plate 19, facing page 153, is captioned "Tabnan Parrot," later corrected to "Tabuan Parrot."
    Contemporary tree sheep. Smooth spine elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments with a brown leather label decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt. This once beautiful binding is now quite worn, and the leather is deteriorating into a red powder; both covers are detached. Small piece cut from lower corner of Q2 (pages 115/116); a few additional marginal tears or paper flaws; most folding charts with minor stub or fold tears; the final plate "Black flying Opossum" facing page 297, with split at outer plate mark. Some foxing, browning, and occasional soiling; rectangular stain in upper gutter margin of pages 20-25 (from something once inserted?). A very good copy. An excellent candidate for rebinding. Armorial bookplate of Egremont on front pastedown.
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    "A work of primary importance for Australian history. In 1787 Arthur Phillip commanded the frigate Sirius and the first fleet of eleven ships carrying the earliest contingent of convicts transported to Australia. Reaching Botany Bay in 1788, via Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, and the Cape of Good Hope, Philip decided that the site was unsatisfactory and sailed to Port Jackson, where he founded Sydney, named for Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney, secretary of state. Phillip was appointed the first British governor and commander-in-chief in Australia. An experienced military man, Phillip had taken part in the British capture of Havana, joined the Portuguese troops campaigning against the Spanish, and fought in the French wars, as well as making an earlier voyage to the East Indies, in 1783. The history of the establishment of the New South Wales colony is one of vicissitudes, among which should be mentioned the near-starvation of the whole colony and simmering mutinies among the convicts and the troops. After hard times, the new colony began to prosper, thanks mainly to the governor's firmness and the manner in which he dispensed justice to the convicts, the soldiers, and the Aborigines. Failing health finally obliged him to resign his office, and he returned to England in 1792. He was promoted to admiral in 1801. This work is compiled form the journals and accounts of Phillip, John Shortland, John Watts, Henry Lidgbird Ball, and John Marshall. Captain John Marshall's voyage on the Scarborough made important discoveries, not only in the islands named for him, but in all of Micronesia. Much interesting information is also given about Norfolk Island, and about the discovery of Lord Howe Island by the Supply under Lt. Henry Lidgbird Ball. The volume contains, in addition, a section on the voyage of the Lady Penrhyn, under Captain William Sever, during her visit to Tahiti, and an important appendix listing the names of the convicts, which is a principal source for Australian geneaology. The first published account of the voyage of La Pérouse also appears here, and it was Governor Phillip who saved the documentation of the second part of La Pérouse's tragic voyage for posterity" (Hill).


    Cox I, page 314; Ferguson 47; Hill 1346 and 1347 (The rare colored issue of this classic; only a very few copies were produced in this form"); McGill/Wood, page 518; Nissen, ZBI, 3158; Wantrup 5.

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