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The Australian Emigrant's Manual. Or, a Guide to the Gold Colonies of New South Wales and Port Phillip.
London: Partridge and Oakey, 1852 - Duodecimo (166 × 103 mm). Original purple fine-ripple-grain cloth, decorative panel-stamp to covers in blind, enclosing gilt title to front and blind publisher's device to rear, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Spine sunned, and slightly bumped at foot, very pale mottling to covers, scattered light foxing, lower inner corner of sig. D untrimmed and remaining oversize and folded (binding-shop oversight), these flaws minor: a superb copy, entirely unopened. First edition, second and best issue, with the sixteen-page "Appendix to the second thousand" bound in at the rear, containing the author's letter to "the industrious classes of Scotland, the North of England, and the North of Ireland", outlining opportunities for employment in the colony's gold and cotton fields. Lang (1799-1878), the son of a small Renfrewshire landowner, was one of the most influential — and controversial — figures in early Australian politics. He emigrated in 1823 and became Sydney's first Presbyterian minister; in 1832 he formed the presbytery of New South Wales, and established the synod of New South Wales in 1850; his election to the colony's legislative council in 1843 was the beginning of a political career which lasted until 1869 and during which he achieved almost all of his professed aims: "the end of transportation, the separation of Victoria and Queensland, the introduction of responsible and democratic government, radical land reform, national education, and the abolition of state aid to religion" (ODNB). He made numerous return visits to England with the aim of promoting emigration, and the general theme of his numerous books, pamphlets and newspaper articles, in evidence here, is that "the grinding poverty of Britain could be relieved by the boundless opportunities in Australia" (ibid.) Ferguson 11334A. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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