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Phillip, Arthur
The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay
London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1789. First edition, deluxe issue. Frontispiece portrait, engraved title (in the first state) and 54 engraved plates & charts (31 hand-colored). 6, [errata, blank], viii, [8 list of subscribers], [3 list of plates, blank], x, 298, lxxiv, [2ads] pp. 4to. Contemporary calf, red morocco label to spine, gilt, expertly rebacked, bookplate to front pastedown. First edition, deluxe issue. Frontispiece portrait, engraved title (in the first state) and 54 engraved plates & charts (31 hand-colored). 6, [errata, blank], viii, [8 list of subscribers], [3 list of plates, blank], x, 298, lxxiv, [2ads] pp. 4to. THE RAREST AND MOST DESIRABLE FIRST FLEET BOOK. A beautiful copy of the best First Fleet book in the rare deluxe issue: the official account by its first governor. "A work of primary importance for Australian history" (Hill). Compiled primarily from Phillip's journal, it also includes material from John Shortland, John Watts, Henry Lidberg Ball and John Marshall. Less known is that it includes the first published account of La Perouse's expedition and it was due to Phillip that the documentation of the latter half of the expedition was saved. Phillip's role in the founding of the colony cannot be overstated: "He had a major hand in the organization of the expedition which was elaborately and expensively equipped. He took the fleet of eleven ships (afterwards called the first fleet) out from Portsmouth on 13 May 1787 ... The voyage was notable for its excellent health and disciplinary record. Preferring Port Jackson, some 12 miles to the north, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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