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"The Great South Land:" Four Papers on Emigration Designed to Exhibit the Principles and Progress of the New Colony of South Australia.
London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1838. Octavo, 34 pp. (last blank), folding lithographed map; some foxing, a good copy on later worn quarter roan. South Australia for Scottish emigrants. Uncommon booklet published by the South Australian Company promoting emigration well after the settlement was established, and aimed squarely at the Scottish market. This is the second edition, following the success of the first edition published in Stirling earlier in 1838. The book is based on articles which had appeared in the {i Stirling Observer} in early 1838; it openly encourages the curious to apply directly to the South Australian Company in London. A two-page postscript prints excerpts from Macarthur's Emigration to New South Wales, on the grounds that Sydney and Adelaide are 'situated nearly in the same latitude.' The other interesting inclusion is a later issue of the map captioned "Part of Southern Australia", based on that in the 1834 work titled {i South Australia. Outline of the plan of a proposed colony with the details of the Murray River}. The map was newly lithographed for this second edition and bears a details of a different printer from that of the first edition. The need for a second edition is explained in notices to the verso of the title-page: 'The reception and rapid sale of the first Edition of this publication (2000 copies having been disposed of within the first month) call for a new edition, in which, though the shape of the articles has been continued, their original character as newspaper contributions has been, to some extent, departed from. They are, in many respects, materially enlarged and amended, the writer having had access personally to the most recent information on the subject from the best sources.' The title of the second edition has been slightly amended to reflect this change, with 'articles on emigration' of the first edition replaced with 'papers on emigration.' This second edition was distributed in London by Simpkin and Marshall, the title page also includes a generous list of Scottish agents (for Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth and elsewhere).
      [Bookseller: Hordern House]
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