WALLIS, James (1785?-1858). An Historical Account of The Colony of New South Wales and its dependent settlements in illustration of twelve views engraved By W. Preston, a convict; From Drawings... By Captain Wallis... To which is subjoined an accurate map of Port Macquarrie and the newly discovered River Hastings, by J.Oxley. London: J.Moyes for R.Ackermann, 1821.
2° (483 x 343mm). Half-title. 12 engraved plates by Preston after Wallis (6 double-page mounted on guards), one lithographic sketch map by Ackermann after Oxley. Modern blue half morocco gilt, t.e.g (lightly scuffed).
A FINE COPY OF AN IMPORTANT SERIES OF EARLY AUSTRALIAN VIEWS. The text states (incorrectly) that "The engravings in this Volume are curious and interesting, as being the first specimen of the graphic art which this infant community has produced." They were in fact preceded by Lewin's Birds and Lepidopterous Insects. According to the text, the images were engraved on plates fashioned from "common sheet copper which is employed for coppering the bottoms of ships." The plates were issued as individual views in Australia, and also as a collection, without text, in London. Fergusson 842; Wantrup 217b (see also pp.285-289).