London: Printed for J. Debrett, 1790. ,299,pp., including pp. publisher's advertisements, plus sixty-five engraved plates. Engraved titlepage. Quarto. Contemporary three-quarter calf and paper-covered boards, spine decoratively gilt in panels, with red morocco label. Small label at foot of spine, red ink stamp (Röttger Graf von Veltheim) on verso of titlepage. Moderate wear to boards and extremities, hinges a bit loose but still holding strong. Light scattered foxing, occasional light offsetting from plates, but interior very clean overall. Very good. Item #WRCAM55521
John White, chief surgeon to the settlement in New South Wales, was also an accomplished naturalist and herein describes the animals he discovered during his exploratory journeys in the new colony. The fine colored ornithological and other natural history plates are most attractive. The journal includes an important account of a voyage from London to Rio de Janeiro, to Cape Town, and of other colonial voyages to Norfolk Island. Includes a subscribers list containing some seven hundred names, which speaks to the contemporary interest in the South Pacific in the wake of Cook's voyages. "White's account contains many circumstances omitted by Governor Arthur Phillip and others. The long appendix is very important as it describes the natural history of the new colony; the first major work of this sort" - Hill. Some copies, unlike this example, were issued with the plates colored. FERGUSON 97. WANTRUP 17. HILL 1858. NISSEN ZBI 4390.