# 12242

CROKER, T. Crofton (1798-1854)

[Port Jackson] The Christmas box : an annual present for children.

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London : William Harrison Ainsworth, 1828. Duodecimo, original moire silk (rebacked) with gilt lettered spine, front pastedown and first blank with presentation inscriptions dated January 8 1828, pp xii, 233, [2 publisher’s advertisements], illustrated with wood engravings; scattered foxing, a very good copy. Ferguson, 1180aa; Muir, 1827.

This charming pot pourri of around thirty traditional and adventure stories and short verses includes a piece titled A voyage to New Holland (pp 189-200), the first-person narrative of a young boy who sailed with his family to New South Wales in 1808. The narrator provides a short account of Port Jackson, including descriptions of the Aborigines, convicts and fauna.

Only three copies are recorded in Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of South Australia).