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Perils by Sea and Land. A Narrative of the Loss of the Brig 'Australia' by Fire, on her Voyage from Leith to Sydney, with an Account of the Sufferings, Religious Exercises, and Final Rescue of the Crew and Passengers
Sydney, 'Reprinted by John Sands', 1904/ 1845. Duodecimo, 81, [1] (colophon) pages. Brown cloth attractively lettered in gilt on the front cover; essentially a fine copy. In October 1840 the ship left Ireland for Australia, with thirteen crew and fifteen passengers. 'Off the African coast a fire was discovered in the hold. The fire was initially fought, but grew out of control and the ship's master Adam Yule ordered the crew and passengers to abandon ship. In his published book of the affair, Yule recounts - with a firm conviction in the 'providence of God' - how after the crew and passengers escaped the fire, they miraculously landed safely on a treacherous shore of south-western Africa, and walked to a Dutch settlement, and then to Cape Town' (Australian National Maritime Museum catalogue record). Inscribed to 'Mrs Newland from John Sands, 29/10/1904', and with the ownership signature of E.M. Newland (the former presumably Mrs Simpson Newland, and the latter one of their sons). The passenger list includes an orphan family of five by the name of Chisholm. One of them, Marjory, is described in this reprint edition as the 'late Mrs John Sands'; this would go a long way to explaining the existence of this work. Ferguson 4093 (the original edition) mentions the reprint, but not the Mrs Sands connection. He states further that 'this edition is also in the Ferguson Collection' but there are no copies of it recorded on Trove.
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