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Wanderings in New South Wales, Batavia, Pedir Coast, Singapore, and China; being the Journal of a Naturalist in those Countries during 1832, 1833, and 1834.
London: Richard Bentley, 1834 - 2 volumes, octavo (214 × 127 mm). Mid-19th century half calf, decorative gilt spines, recent red and green twin labels, marbled sides, edges and endpapers. Bookplate of J. O. Randell on front pastedowns. Bound without the half-title to volume I but with the errata slip; frontispiece of volume I bound in rather tightly (caption not visible) otherwise an attractively bound set. Aquatint frontispieces by Clark after Bennett or Chinnery, wood engravings in the text. First edition of an important work on Australia. George Bennett (1804-1893), described by the Dictionary of Australian Biography as "the greatest of the physician-naturalists of Australia" was an English-born physician who "first visited Australia in 1829, returned again in 1832, and, finally, in 1835, for good. He established a medical practice in Sydney, was a leading figure in the development of the infant Australian Museum, corresponded with naturalists around the world, and acted as an agent for the birdman John Gould" (Peter Macinnis, Curious Minds: The Discoveries of Australian Naturalists, pp. 62-67). There is an interesting illustration of a boomerang in volume I and the aquatint plates depict Mount Bogong (Australia) and "Dutch & English portion of the European Factory at Canton". Abbey, Travel, 527.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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