WEST, John (1809-1873). The History of Tasmania. Launceston, Tasmania: J.S. Waddell for Henry Dowling, 1852. 2 volumes, 8° (220 x 140mm). Half-titles, 2pp. errata at back of vol.I. (Some browning and spotting.) Original cloth, blocked in blind, spines lettered in gilt (reabcked, original spines laid down, faded, leter endpapers). Provenance: Gilbert Wright (inscription, noting gift to:); Henry Parkes (inscription).
FIRST EDITION of 'a notable achievement' (DAB). 'Later research has revealed remarkably few inaccuracies, and West is sometimes credited with being one of the founding fathers of Australian historical writing' (op.cit.). Ferguson VII, 18351 ('An interesting and valuable work... now scarce').
[Henry MELVILLE (1799-1873)]. Van Dieman's Land; comprehending a variety of statistical and other information, likely to be interesting to the emigrant, as wellas to the general reader. Hobart Town, Tasmania: Henrey Melville and Smith, Elder & Co. in London, 1833. 12° in sixes (183 x 110mm). 15pp. of advertisements for a variety of Tasmanian businesses at back. Original cloth, paper label to spine (spine faded, label chipped, front inner hinge split). Provenance: J.B. Jones (early signature). FIRST EDITION, 'secondary' issue - the first issue appeared in a cloth-backed boards binding. Ferguson II, 1676; And two others on Tasmania (Caleb LYON. Narrative and recollections of Van Dieman's Land. New York: [1844?], 8°. Modern half morocco, wrappers bound in. Cf. Sabin 42847; [Frederic ALGAR?]. A Hand-Book to the colony of Tasmania. London: 1858. Small 8°. Stitched. Ferguson V,5850). (5)