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The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay with an account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island.

Compiled from Authentic Papers, which have been obtained from the several Departments, to which are added, The Journals of Lieuts., Shortland, Watts, Ball & Capt. Marshall, with an Account of their new Discoveries

by Arthur Phillip
(John Stockdale; Piccadilly, 1789.)

First edition: quarto hardcover; 293 + lxxixpp. + adverts.

Rebound; black textured boards with black leather spine and corners, gilt spine titling and decorations with five bands; portrait frontispiece and engraved title page, seven folding engraved charts and 46 monochrome engraved plates (the 55 plates listed on list of illustrations includes title page, frontispiece and charts), of which there are 31 natural history plates. Twenty illustrations without tissue guards. P.122 with the uncorrected mis-numbering 221; early state of the 'Kangooroo' plate at p.106 and 'The Kanguroo' on List of the Plates page; 'Wulpine Opossum' plate at p.50 listed as Vulpine Opossum on List of the Plates; 'Ball Pyramid' at p.177 listed on List of the Plates at p.181; and the 'Black Flying Opossum' is listed at p.297 when it is at p.298. Owner's bookplate on front pastedown; new endpapers; light decreasing stain to lower side edge of initial pages; tiny tear to lower side edge of foxed frontispiece; foxed preliminaries and some further minor spotting; toning and mild darkening to text block edges; five pages extreme upper tips dog-eared; some of folding maps have creased edges and a couple of small tears likely incurred in the collating and binding process. Boards are only mildly scuffed but there are four small white stains on the rear one. Corners and lower spine extremity slightly scraped. Very good copy in a sympathetic binding.

Order of contents: Dedication to the Marquis of Salisbury; Anecdotes of Governor Phillip; Errata; Advertisement; Account of the Vignette; Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove near botany Bay; View of the Fleet & Establishments sent out with Governor Phillip to New South Wales; Distribution of the Detachment of Marines for New South Wales, with the Number embarked on board of each of the Transports upon that Service; A List of the Subscribers; List of the Plates; Contents; Appendix and A List of Convicts Sent to New South Wales in 1787; Advertisement.

Jonathan Wantrup in 'Australian Rare Books, 1788-1900' writes: " As the title-page makes clear, the book does not publish Governor Phillip's own journal but is a compilation from a number of sources, including Phillip's official reports to the government. These were worked up and given the appropriate literary feel by Stockdale's anonymous editor. This was normal practice at the time." Phillip's writing is like the man himself: honest, direct and unaffected. It is not surprising that the publisher, faced with Phillip's concise and unadorned reports, should have used all his powers to stretch them into as many words as possible to make up the elaborate work he had led his public to expect. The consequence is that Phillip's simple eloquence becomes pomposity under his editor's hand...." Stockdale published the work initially in parts. The first part, which included the engraved title-page, was issued in July 1789 and the last, which included the Dedication leaf dated 25 November 1789 was issued in late November or early December 1789. The full work was then issued in complete volume form." L. Richard Smith's monograph, 'The Sydney Cove Medallion' (Sydney 1978), which Wantrup cites, relates a number of important facts concerning this publication: 1. The engraved title page appears in two states - the earlier state includes the name of the artist Henry Webber on the engraving of the Josiah Wedgwood medallion which appears as a vignette; in the second state Webber's name has been removed at Wedgwood's request. The earliest copies of Phillip will have the legend H. Webber invt, in the lower left border of the vignette (as is the case with the present copy). 2. The vulpine opossum facing page 150 has the word 'wulpine' instead of Vulpine (although Wantrup indicates this error was repeated in the second state). Stockdale issued the volume both with the natural history plates hand-coloured as well as uncoloured (for many years there was no way to distinguish with certainty genuine coloured copies from spurious copies - but it has now been established that in genuine coloured copies the plates are printed on laid paper whereas the ordinary uncoloured version issues the plates on wove paper).

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