ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, LONDON.
[SWAN RIVER COLONY] The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London. Volume the first. 1831. Second edition.
London : John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1833. Octavo, rebound in twentieth century green cloth boards with gilt lettered spine, original printed brown wrappers bound in (some creasing and stains), pp xi, 264, with 8 engraved maps and plates (some folding) at rear, including the folding map Western Australia from the latest Documents received in the Colonial Office, 1832, engraved by J. and C. Walker (short tear at gutter, stained at edges and lightly foxed), followed by 16 pages of publisher’s advertisements; text pages with occasional spotting, most pages uncut; maps and plates and original lower wrapper with water stain at top edges.
The second printing of the first volume of the RGS’s esteemed Journal, which contains several important papers read to the Society relating to the Swan River Colony in Western Australia, only recently established in 1829. The papers include an extract from Stirling’s Report entitled State of the Colony of Swan River, 1st January, 1830, read by John Barrow (1-16); General View of the Botany of the Vicinity of Swan River, by Richard Brown (17-21); and Description of the Natives of King George’s Sound (Swan River Colony) and adjoining country, written by Mr. Scott Nind, and communicated by Richard Brown (33-51), which includes a very early Noongar (Nyungar) vocabulary (47-51). The folding map, which is based on the explorations of Ensign Dale, Captain Bannister, Lieutenant Preston, and Captains Collie and Currie, shows all of these explorers’ tracks, annotated with sightings. The map is one of the earliest that relate to the Swan River Colony (obviously, with its date of 1832, it was not contained in the first printing of the Journal for 1831; but it was published in the Journal for 1832, as well as this second printing of the first volume).