Burn, David. PLAYS, AND FUGITIVE PIECES, IN VERSE, by David Burn, Member of the Dramatic Authors' Society. Author of "Van Diemen's Land, Moral Physical and Political;" "Strictures (Agamemnon,) on the Navy;" "The Chivalry of the Mercantile Marine," &c., &c., &c. Vol. I. Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land: Printed by William Pratt, 67, Elizabeth Street: Published by S. A. Tegg, 39 1/2, Elizabeth Street. 1842. First Edition; pp. [vi], 272(last blank); [vi], [273]-434, [2](Errata, verso blank); original cloth, paper label (worn) on spine (neatly rebacked, with original backstrip preserved); a very good copy; very rare. Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land; S. A. Tegg; 1842.
***Ferguson 3369; Serle, page 32; Miller & Macartney, page 91. The work consists of two volumes in one: the title-page to the second volume reads "OUR FIRST LIEUTENANT AND FUGITIVE PIECES, IN PROSE," and continues as for the first volume. This copy has a small label pasted onto the free endpaper with the inscription: "To Thomas James Serle Esquire With the Sincerest regard of an ancient friend and Fellow Labourer The Author". This was the first volume of plays in verse published in Australia and the third volume of verse published in Tasmania. David Burn emigrated to Tasmania in 1826 after serving in the navy, and became active in Tasmanian public affairs, notably in the movement for the cessation of transportation. He later moved to Sydney and to New Zealand where he engaged in journalism, dying at Auckland in 1875. #64277

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