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The Narrative of a Voyage to the Swan River . containing useful hints to those who contemplate an emigration to Western Australia.
F.C. Westley, London 1831 - Octavo, with a frontispiece map, neat library stamps on title-page, map verso and periodically throughout the text; otherwise a very good copy in modern tan quarter calf. The first complete book describing Western Australian settlement. First edition: rare. The first full book to describe newly-settled Western Australia; Powell's work was preceded only by some very scarce emigration pamphlets published in 1830. Powell's book is well known for the frontispiece map "A Plan of Swan River Settlement, and the Surrounding Country", which shows the coastline from Geographe Bay to just north of the Swan River, noting particularly Perth, "Freemantle", and the intended town of Clarence, as well as clearly delineating Rottnest Island. The "narrative and account are compiled from several letters addressed by a young man of respectability (now resident at the Swan River) to his relations in England? no statement is presented herein which is not in strict accordance with the truth" (author's advertisement). Powell dedicated the book to the conservative statesman Sir Robert Peel, whose cousin Thomas Peel was an influential settler. Powell's letters were dated from Fremantle in November, 1829. [Attributes: First Edition]
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