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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 to which are added, the Journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall. London: John Stockdale, 1789.
4o (275 x 220 mm). List of subscribers, list of plates at beginning. Engraved title-page, engraved portrait frontispiece, 7 engraved folding maps, and 46 engraved plates. (Some light offsetting and a few short tears to folds.) Late 19th-century half calf, marbled boards.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST OFFICAL ACCOUNT TO DESCRIBE THE VOYAGE TO BOTANY BAY AND THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN AUSTRALIA
The foundation work on Australia as a British colony, being the first account of the first official expedition to New South Wales by the eventual first governor of the colony founded as a convict settlement. Reaching Botany Bay in 1788, Phillip declared it unsuitable and went on to Port Jackson, there founding the city named for Thomas Townsend, Viscount Sydney. Phillip embarked on a long voyage of coastal discovery culminating in a full survey of Sydney Harbour, "one of the finest in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line might ride in perfect security." It was at Botany Bay that Phillip met with La Pérouse who had called there in order to send his latest journal entries to France. This was the last anyone saw of him. Although not actually written by Phillip, the text of this account is taken from his despatches. The appendix contains a 20-page list of approximately 800 names of convicts carried on the first voyage of 1787. Anker 402; Ferguson 47; Hill 1346; Nissen ZBI 3158; Wantrup 5; Wood, p. 518.
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