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PHILLIP, Arthur (1738--1814)
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.
6, [2], viii, [8], x, 298, lxxiv, [4] p., engr. frontis. port., engr. t.-pl., [46] pl., [7] fold. maps : letterpress tables ; 27.5 cm. (4º)

This is the offical account of the expedition to New South Wales and the founding of the Australian colonial settlement, based on Phillip's earliest report to the Government on the Colony and on the reports of other members of the First Fleet. Engraved title-page with vignette after Josiah Wedgwood (explained in the preface). Dedication signed 'John Stockdale', to whom the editorship is sometimes ascribed. With a list of subscribers. The Appendix includes 'A List Of Convicts Sent To New South Wales In 1787'. The final leaf of the Appendix has the catchword 'Shakspeare', and is followed by an integral leaf of advertisements, lacking in this copy. The Soane copy contains the early states of the 'Kangooroo' and 'Wulpine Opossum' plates, the captions for which were later changed to 'Kanguroo' and 'Vulpine' in accord with the references in the text. See Jonathan Wantrup, Australian Rare Books 1788--1900 (Sydney 1987), pp. 59-64, 345. ESTC t89159.

Copy Notes In the Soane copy the 'List Of Plates' is misbound after the Appendix, and the list of subscribers is bound preceding the table of contents. Lacking the final integral leaf of advertisements.

Binding Late C18th mauve diced calf, gilt-ruled borders and edges, black morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 6s. (1s. plates placed & mended), 27 January 1831. (Archive 7/15/8).

Reference Number 271


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