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Narrative of a Voyage Round the World... the wreck of the ship "Governor Ready" in Torres Strait
London: Sherwood, Gilbert, & Piper, 1835. Octavo, with a lithographed frontispiece and two plates, folding map (plates a little browned, marginal water-stain affects frontispiece); overall a very good copy in the publisher's green pebble cloth. A surgeon at the Swan River, Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef. First edition of a highly important coastal voyage, written by a keen observer with a particular interest in understanding the islander and coastal tribes with which he came into contact. Wilson's account takes its place as one of the fine narratives written by surgeons in Australia, and shows a good eye for both his contacts with coastal Aborigines (particularly at Raffles Bay) and for natural history. A very good early account the far northern and western coasts of Australia. In 1829 Wilson visited the unsuccessful first settlement established in 1827 on the Cobourg Peninsula. He spent some time there exploring Melville Island and the country around Raffles Bay. On his return voyage he tarried at the Swan River settlement and took part in several inland explorations, including an important expedition with Captain Collet Barker into the interior from King George's Sound. The first appendix includes notes on Wilson's earlier 1822 visit to Murray Island in the Torres Strait, and another includes vocabularies of Raffles Bay (Cobourg Peninsula) and the Swan River. 'Wilson's book is of high exploration interest, but its unpromising title has hidden its full significance from many collectors. Wilson's account has a place in any collection of exploration books, especially since so there are so few publications relating to the early discovery and exploration of Australia's western and northern extremes. It is a scarce and desirable book' (Australian Rare Books).
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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