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BARRINGTON, George (1755-c.1840). The History of New South Wales, including Botany Bay, Port Jackson, Parramatta, Sydney, and all its dependencies... London: W. Flint for M. Jones, 1802.
8° (205 x 125mm). Half-title, 'Particular Directions to the Binder' leaf at end with integral label for spine. Engraved title with hand-coloured vignette, 14 hand-coloured engraved plates, full-page wood-engraved illustration. (Occasional browning of text.) Contemporary tree calf gilt (neatly rebacked).
FIRST EDITION, first issue, of a work that is almost certainly not by Barrington 'who had suffered with a deranged mind from 1800 until his death in 1804' (Wantrup). Wantrup also notes that both this work and its companion volume An Account of a Voyage to New South Wales were 'largely extracted, more or less verbatim, from David Collins's two-volume account [An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales (1798-1802)]'. Abbey Travel II,565; Ferguson I,345; cf. Tooley 80; Whittell 39; Wood p.222.
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