Collins, David. AN ACCOUNT OF THE ENGLISH COLONY IN NEW SOUTH WALES, from its First Settlement in January 1788, to August 1801: With Remarks on the Dispositions, Customs, Manners, &c. of the Native Inhabitants of that Country. To which are added, Some Particulars of New Zealand; compiled, by Permission, from the MSS. of Lieutenant-Governor King: and an Account of a Voyage performed by Captain Flinders and Mr. Bass; by which the Existence of a Strait separating Van Diemen's Land from the Continent of New Holland was ascertained. Abstracted from the Journal of Mr. Bass. By Lieutenant-Colonel Collins, of the Royal Marines; several years Judge-Advocate and Secretary of the Colony, and now Lieutenant-Governor of Port Philip. Illustrated by numerous engravings. The Second Edition. [5-line quotation]. London: Printed by A. Strahan, Printers Street, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, in the Strand. 1804. 4to, Second Edition; pp. viii(title, verso blank, & Preface by Maria Collins, last blank), [ix]-xvii(Contents), [xviii-xix](List of the Engravings), [xx](Errata), 562; 2 maps (1 folding), portrait frontispiece, 23 full-page engraved plates, including natural history subjects (3 hand-coloured) and 8 fine illustrations depicting a corroboree, 8 text engravings (2 hand-coloured); 7-page N.S.W. vocabulary & 5-page Maori vocabulary; contemporary half calf, with marbled sides (rebacked & recornered, with original backstrip preserved; imprints mostly cropped as usual, but with no loss of the image area); a very nice, clean and crisp copy; scarce. London; T. Cadell & W. Davies; 1804.
***The superior issue with the natural history plates hand-coloured. Ferguson 390; Wantrup 21 (who gives only xviii pages of preliminaries). Lacking the final advertisement leaf which is not mentioned by Ferguson. Pages 289-312 (signatures PP, QQ & RR) are misnumbered 299-322 as usual, but the text is quite continuous and nothing is missing or duplicated. This apparently escaped Ferguson's notice. The plates for this work were engraved too large for the page size of the text with the result that in most bound copies the fore-margins are completely trimmed away (in both First and Second Editions). #26126

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