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An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island,

HUNTER Capt. John (1793.)

£4500.00  [First Edition]

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with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the Publication of Phillip's Voyage; 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.First edition. Stipple engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved title, 2 large folding maps, 2 charts and 11 further engraved illustrations and views. Most plates with original tissue protection. 4to. Original paper boards, a little worn, original paper label to spine, armorial bookplate of Robert Henry Lee Warner & contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper. [xvi], 582pp. London, Stockdale,

An integral member of the First Fleet, Hunter was second in command on the Sirius under Arthur Phillip. He served diligently in the early days of the colony, though the Sirius was wrecked under his command off the coast of Norfolk Island. This necessitated his return to England, during which time he collaborated in the production of this journal. Having been exonerated, he returned to New South Wales and succeeded Phillip as Governor in 1794. At his behest, exploration of the east coast was conducted "and the early discoveries of Flinders and Bass owe much to him. His journal is a very valuable work on the early history of the English settlement in Australia" (Hill).

The plates are of some importance, the "View of the Settlement on Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, 20th August, 1788" is the first published view of Sydney and Philip Gidley King's plate of an Aboriginal family is engraved by the English poet and artist William Blake. Ferguson, 152; Wantrup, 13; Hill, 857.

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