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1789. To which are added, the Journals of Lieuts Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an Account of their New Discoveries. ... London: John Stockdale, 1789. 4to. Bound in contemporary speckled calf (skilfully rebacked). Spine gilt with morocco title label. (2,8,8,8,4, x. 298, lxxiv, 2pp.). With portrait, engraved title page with vignette, maps, charts, views, and plates some of which are folding. Foxing on title page and occasional foxing and offsetting of plates as usual otherwise a good, entirely complete copy of the rare 1st Edition. collating accurately with Ferguson 47, complete with the errata page, list of subscribers, and the very rare leaf of advertisements at the rear, often missing. Ferguson 47. NOTE: The rare 1st edition of the official account of the Voyage of the First Fleet and the foundation of English settlement in Australia, based on the Governor's journals and despatches. Reaching Botany Bay in 1788, Phillip declared it unsuitable and sailed on to Port Jackson where the colony was ultimately established at Sydney Cove. Phillip completed 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'. In addition to Governor Phillip's journals and dispatches there is a chapter on New South Wales fauna, appendices detailing the routes of various ships to Botany Bay, and the appendix containing approximately 800 names of convicts brought out on the first fleet. The importance of this book cannot be overstated. 'No collection (of Australiana) can be complete without a copy' (Davidson), and Wantrup notes that 'as a detailed and officially sanctioned account of the new colony, the first edition of Stockdale's Phillip is a key work and essential to any serious collection of Australian books'.

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