King, Phillip Parker. NARRATIVE OF A SURVEY OF THE INTERTROPICAL AND WESTERN COASTS OF AUSTRALIA. Performed between the Years 1818 and 1822. By Captain Phillip P. King, R.N., F.R.S., F.L.S., and Member of the Royal Asiatic Society of London. With an Appendix, containing Various Subjects relating to Hydrography and Natural History. In two volumes, illustrated by plates, charts and wood-cuts. Vol. I [Vol. II]. London: John Murray, Albemarle-street. MDCCCXXVII. 2 vols., First Edition; Vol. I, pp. [ii](half-title, verso blank), [iv](title-page, verso colophon & dedication, verso blank), [v]-xl(last blank), 452; folding chart, 7 plates, 5 wood-cuts in text (including title-vignette), Errata slip (at page 1); Vol. II, pp. viii, 638(last blank); folding chart, 6 plates (1 folding), 3 wood-cuts in text (including title-vignette), Errata slip (at page 1), 13 appendices (10 on meteorology, & navigation & geography), also list and description of natural history objects collected, geology & native languages; entirely uncut in early twentieth-century hard-grained morocco, with papered sides & marbled endpapers; (some foxing to plates of second volume & to margins only of some text leaves of both volumes); a very good, attractive set; rare. London; John Murray; 1827.
***Ferguson 1130; Wantrup 84b; Abbey 573. Inserted before the half-title in Volume I is an unrelated 16-page publisher's catalogue from Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, dated January 1827. This is the second issue of this work, as usually found, with the cancel title-pages. A very few copies were issued with the date 1826; these are of the greatest rarity. The work is of great importance: Phillip Parker King (the son of Governor Philip Gidley King) was born at Norfolk Island, and became one of Britain's leading hydrographers. His work considerably furthered the geographical knowledge of the Australian coasts. His charts were very accurate and his extensions and additions to those of Flinders on the Northern and Western coasts of Australia were for many years in practical use by the Admiralty (well into the twentieth century). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1824. #43380

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