HUNTER, John.

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 Philip'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: Printed for John Stockdale, 1793 Stock Code: 117373
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"His journal is a very valuable work on the early history of the English settlement in Australia" (Hill)

First edition, a tall copy retaining the date at the foot of the title page which is usually found trimmed. John Hunter (1737-1821) was "vice-admiral and governor of New South Wales 1795-1800 in succession to Governor Phillip, went out as second-in-command on the Sirius in the first convict fleet. He was an experienced and scientific navigator. With his encouragement, the exploration of the coastline of Australia made rapid progress, and the early discoveries of Flinders and Bass owe much to him" (Hill).

"Hunter gives an excellent account of many activities, particularly exploration and the settlement at Norfolk Island, 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, Dayes 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 Blake'" (Hordern House, Australiana 1784-1830, p. 67).

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Description

Quarto (300 x 240 mm). Contemporary speckled calf sometime rebacked to style, red morocco label, gilt rope-twist border on sides.

Illustrations

Fine engraved portrait frontispiece of Hunter by R. Dighton after D. Orme, engraved vignette title, 13 engraved plates (one of an aboriginal family, engraved by William Blake), 2 large folding engraved maps.

Condition

A little occasional foxing, chiefly to the margins of the plates, a little offsetting from the plates. A very good copy.

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