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First Annual Report of the Colonization Commissioners of South Australia to His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State For the Colonies 1836
London: House of Commons, 28 July, 1836. Tall quarto, 40pp. with handcoloured lithographed sheet; bound in splendid full crimson crushed morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Letter of instruction to William Light. A significant publication in the early history of South Australia, being the first report of the Colonization Commission tasked with selling land in the infant colony to provide the capital for colonial development. The sale of land in South Australia owed much to the 'science of colonial management' propounded by Edward Wakefield Gibbon, and within a decade was confounded with difficulty as the colony accrued massive debt from the British government. This report publishes important correspondence relating to the early survey, including the letters of instruction to Surveyor-General William Light and his assistants (including Boyle Travers Finniss). The lithographed map by Arrowsmith is titled "Part of Southern Australia from the 132 to 141 degree of East Longitude".From the library of Dr. Robert Edwards, AO, in a remarkably bold and handsome binding by master English bookbinders Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
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