Hunter, John; Esqr. Post Captain in His Majesty's Navy. AN HISTORICAL JOURNAL OF THE TRANSACTIONS AT PORT JACKSON AND NORFOLK ISLAND, with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip's Voyage, compiled from the Official Papers; Including the Journals of Governors Phillip and King, and of Lieut. Ball; and the Voyages From the first Sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the Return of that Ship's Company to England in 1792. Illustrated with seventeen Maps, Charts, Views, & other embellishments, drawn on the Spot by Captains Hunter, & Bradley, Lieutenant Dawes & Governor King. London. Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, January 1, 1793. Thick roy. 4to, First Edition; engraved title, pp. [viii](Contents), [viii](List of Subscribers, 6pp., last blank, & List of Plates, verso blank), 584(last blank); portrait, title-vignette, 2 folding & 3 full-page charts, 10 plates; modern half calf, with marbled sides in period style, top edge gilt, others uncut (some minor marginal dust-soiling to a few leaves & slight staining to outside edge of the two folding charts; slight loss of blank margin only to last leaf of text); a very fine, sound, complete and tall copy, the top edge barely trimmed for the gilding, with nothing cropped from the title-page as often, unfortunately, occurs; rare in such condition. London; John Stockdale; 1793.
***Ferguson 152; Wantrup, Pp. 68-71. The plates in particular are very fine and clean, with excellent impressions. Apart from the work's general and obvious importance, it should be noted that the plate - "View of the Settlement on Sydney Cove, Port Jackson 20th August, 1788, Drawn by S. Dayes from a Sketch of I. Hunter", executed less than eight months after the arrival of the First Fleet, is the earliest pictorial representation of the settlement, and the plate opposite page 414, a particularly fine impression of 'A Family of New South Wales,' is engraved by William Blake. #21544

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