WHITE, John (1756-1832)
Journal of a voyage to New South Wales. (Coloured edition)
/ with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Esqre., Surgeon General to the settlement. London : J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, full speckled calf, expertly rebacked with new spine, contrasting morocco title labels, decorated in gilt, marbled edges, pp [xviii], 299, , 65 fine hand coloured plates by Sarah Stone on Whatman paper of Australian flora, fauna and tribal artefacts; occasional light foxing, but a fine, clean copy.
The desirable hand coloured edition of White’s important account of the voyage of the First Fleet and the settlement at Sydney Cove.
As Surgeon General on the voyage, White’s scientifically trained eye was well suited to the recording of new species discovered on the island continent. His account includes much scientific detail and descriptions of the voyage and settlement not to be found in other accounts such as Phillip’s. The fine plates were engraved by Sarah Stone from live and taxidermied specimens sent to England, as well as White’s own drawings and those of Thomas Watling.
Ferguson 97; Hill 1858; Wantrup 17
Provenance: Earl Fitzwilliam, his armorial bookplate to front pastedown, as well as the family label of Milton, Peterborough; H. Bradley Martin, his book label to front pastedown; James Fairfax, his book label to front free endpaper.