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The Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science, Agriculture, Statistics, &c. Vols. I - III.
Hobart / Launceston / London: James Barnard, Government Printer VDL / Henry Dowling / John Murray. 1842-1849.. Ferguson 3513. Volume I: Hobart, James Barnard, Government Printer; London, John Murray, 1842 (nos I-IV comprising viii, 424pp, 5 plates). Volumes II & III: Launceston, Henry Dowling; London, John Murray, 1846 (nos VI-XI comprising vi, 468pp, map, 5 plates [1 folding], 2 folding tables) & 1849 (vi, 490pp, 7pp. meteorological tables, folding map and 5 plates [1 folding], folding table). Contents page and index in each volume. All published thus. Red cloth, gilt spine titles; slightly flecked, small black ink spot on spine of the third volume. Top edges gilt, others uncut. Offsetting on endpapers, owner's bookplate on each front paste-down. A very good clean set. ***The precursor to the Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, and the first scientific periodical of any consequence to be published in the Australian colonies. This is one of the sets bound up by Angus & Robertson around 1910, after a number of unbound sets had been found amongst the papers of R.C. Gunn, the editor of the Journal. They contain many interesting and important papers on Tasmanian, Australian and Antarctic history, natural history, exploration, aborigines etc, including the following examples. Volume I: Strzelecki in Gippsland (pp66-70); Strzelecki in NW Tasmania; (pp76-8); E.J. Eyre's overland journey (pp153-9); David Burn, ‘Excursion to Port Arthur’ (pp265-95); ‘Aboriginal Languages of Tasmania’, a list extracted by the late Jorgen Jorgenson from documents in the colonial Secretary’s office (pp308-18)T.G. Lempriere, ‘Account of Macquarie Harbour (pp 359-75, continued in the next volume). Volume II: Lempriere, 'Account of Macquarie Harbour [continued]’ (pp17-31, 107-18, 200-7); Robertson, 'A few general remarks on the Antarctic continent, discovered by Captains Ross and Crozier' (pp41-54); Captain Stokes, 'Notes on the Coasts of Australia' (pp55-70); Lt. Breton, 'Excursion to the Western Range, Tasmania' (pp121-41); Davies, 'On the Aborigines of VDL' (pp409-20). One of the plates is 'The Comet of 1848 seen from Aldridge Lodge, VD Land', by M[ary] M[orton] Allport. Volume III includes statistics for VDL 1844-46, from the Port of Launceston 1846-47, and of exports of produce from VDL to Great Britain 1846; remarks on [James] Calder's paper on the country lying between Lake St Clair and Macquarie Harbour; R.C. Gunn on the 'bunyip' of Australia Felix, and long pieces on the exploration of mainland Australia by Leichhardt, Mitchell and Sturt. .
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