BACKHOUSE, James, 1794-1869
A narrative of a visit to the Australian colonies
London : Hamilton, Adams, 1843. Octavo, early half ctushed morocco over cloth (scuffed), all edges gilt, front paste-down with mid-nineteenth century book label of Binks, pp. xviii, 560, cxliv,  leaves of plates (3 folded), maps, a very good copy. Ferguson, 3558.
The important account of Backhouse, an English Quaker and botanist, of his sojourn in Australia between 1831 and 1838. Backhouse visited Van Diemen’s Land, New South Wales (including Port Phillip, Moreton Bay and Norfolk Island), and the settlements at Swan River and King George’s Sound in Western Australia. His commentary includes much valuable information on the immigrant and penal society in each of the colonies, as well as descriptions of physical geography and the customs of the Aborigines.