A STATISTICAL, HISTORICAL, AND POLITICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, W. C. Wentworth.
A STATISTICAL, HISTORICAL, AND POLITICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES,
A STATISTICAL, HISTORICAL, AND POLITICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES,

A STATISTICAL, HISTORICAL, AND POLITICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES,

and Its dependent Settlements in Van Diemen's Land: with a particular enumeration of the advantages which these colonies offer for emigration, and their superiority in many respects over those possessed by the United States of America. Pp. xii+466, appendix; later qr. calf, spine decorated in gilt compartments, with gilt lettered dark brown leather title label, marbled papered boards, edges lightly rubbed, top fore-corners slightly bruised; top edges dark brown; later endpapers; a few leaves faintly creased, top fore-corner torn from pp. 97/8, a couple of short edge splits, one-line pencilled annotation at foot of p. 126 and a smaller inked annotation to p. 339, a little light foxing and soiling, including a few small damp stains; W. E. Whittaker, London, 1819. First edition. F. 771; Wantrup 53. *'The first book which had the avowed object of encouraging emigration to the Australian colonies is also the first published work by a native-born Australian' [Wantrup, p. 117]. William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872) was an important figure in early colonial Au s tralia . In 1813, along with Gregory Blaxland and William Lawson, he led the expedition which found a route across the Blue Mountains, opening up the grazing lands of inland New South Wales. He was also a leading advocate for colonial self-government. The annotations noted above are not the publisher's manuscript corrections noted by Wantrup as present in 'a very few' copies; the textual errors in this copy (later amended in the second edition) remain uncorrected. Item #143770

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