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The Land of Promise... South Australia... by One Who Is Going...
London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1839. Octavo, folding frontispiece map, table and plan of Adelaide, and four engraved plates; a few spots affect the cloth yet fine overall. An early immigrant's guide to South Australia featuring an engraved plate after William Westall's famous study of Aboriginal nomads, and another depicting Encounter Bay after a sketch by Captain Pearson.In total The Land of Promise contains four handsome engraved plates, including two derived from the work of Captain William Light. The plate after Westall is titled "Port Lincoln" and is based closely on the original engraving in Flinders' Voyage to Terra Australis, depicting an Aboriginal group tending their fire in the foreground with detail of a bark shelter. At the age of 19 Westall was appointed official artist under Flinders on the Investigator.Of additional interest to collectors of both Flinders and South Australian material generally is the "View of Encounter Bay with the Fisheries", the location so named after the famous meeting between Flinders and Baudin. This finely engraved landscape study looks down upon the whaling huts and facilities clustered along the beach while three large ships (presumably whalers) seek shelter in the bay itself.This copy is beautifully preserved in the original publishers green cloth, with a gilt stamped ornament of two kangaroos adorning the front board.
Bookseller: Hordern House

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