Frost, Alan. THE PRECARIOUS LIFE OF JAMES MARIO MATRA. Voyager with Cook. American Loyalist. Servant of Empire. With the assistance of Isabel Moutinho. Med. 8vo, First Edition; pp. xiv, 266(last blank); 12 plates (including several maps), notes, sources, bibliography, index; original canvas; a fine copy in dustwrapper. (Carlton, Melbourne); The Miegunyah Press; (1995).
***Number Six in the second numbered Miegunyah Press series: 1000 copies were printed. Using his letters and a probing biographical narrative, Frost builds up a picture of Matra, an important, but little-known figure in Australian history. An enigmatic American who sailed with Cook, Matra (who changed his name from Magra) was the first (in 1771) to have published a major book on the "Endeavour" voyage, and strove to found a colony in New South Wales for dispossessed American loyalists, only to end his days as Consul at Tangier. #48600
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