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A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, in New South Wales, including an Accurate Description of the Situation of the Colony; of the Natives; and of its Natural Productions: taken on the spot, by Captain Watkin Tench, of the Marines
London: G. Nicol and J. Sewell, 1793. A fine clean copy.. Quarto, with the folding map; in modern polished tree calf gilt, in eighteenth century style. Tench's second book, completing his account of the settlement at Sydney Cove: a fine and large copy, and an original subscriber's copy, inscribed on a flyleaf "Woodgate. Ex dono G.B. Prescott Bart": George Beeston Prescot of Westminster appears in the printed list of subscribers.The first edition of one of the scarcest First Fleet accounts, this is the second of Tench's two books and brings his account of settlement in New South Wales down to the end of the first four years. Tench left New South Wales with the other marines on 18 December 1791 aboard HMS Gorgon which had accompanied the Third Fleet, and his book was published in November or December 1793, more than a year after his return.Tench's well-crafted book paints a comprehensive view of daily life in the settlement through years of hardship and severe shortages. An understanding and intelligent observer of human nature, he gives vivid insights into the often strained relationships between convict labourers and the marines set to guard them. His account has been praised as the most insightful and detailed description of the social fabric of the penal colony, in contrast to other more formal and official narratives. Tench also describes his significant explorations of the landscape of the Sydney basin and forays into the Blue Mountains, while providing sympathetic descriptions of their contact with the Eora Aboriginal people. The book includes a folding map providing an excellent survey of known lands, detailing Botany Bay and Broken Bay along the coast and inland to the Nepean river, with numerous engraved notes on the landscape with a view to future farming and grazing ventures.
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