WHITE, John (1756-1832)
Journal of a voyage to New South Wales
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 tree calf, gilt decorated borders, spine with detailed ornamental tooling, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers, pp [xviii], 299, , 65 fine black and white plates by Sarah Stone on Whatman paper of Australian flora, fauna and tribal artefacts; occasional light foxing, but a fine, clean copy in an handsome binding.
A very fine copy 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