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The History of New South Wales, from its First Discovery to the Present Time... ; comprising an accurate and interesting Description of that Vast and Remarkable Country; and of the Persons, Manners, and Customs, of the Natives
Newcastle: Mackenzie and Dent, 1811. Octavo, two maps and three plates, a little toning and offsetting; very good in recent full polished calf. Rum Rebellion court-martial. A very scarce book. This is the first issue: a later version gave the author's name on the title-page. Although appearing to be an early history of New South Wales, the earlier part is largely cribbed from Collins; the three engravings are all straight copies. Other sections are taken from Tuckey, Mann, and others.Of particular note is the substantial appendix, which deals with the court-martial of George Johnston for his part in the Rum Rebellion; the evidence presented at the court-martial, and included here, was the 'fullest, clearest and best substantiated account of the present state of the colony'.The four copies located by Ferguson were those in the prime Australian collections: Mitchell, Dixson, National Library of Australia, and Ferguson's own collection.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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