PHILLIP, ARTHUR. 1738-1814.
The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay; with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island. London: John Stockdale, 1789. 6, , viii, , x, 293, lxxiv,  ad pp. Engraved frontispiece, title, and 53 plates and maps (many of which are folding). 4to (270 x 200 mm). Period calf. Occasional light offsetting and foxing around plates, joints cracking, covers slightly soiled.
First edition. The first official account of the voyage to Botany Bay, and the foundation work on Australia as a British colony. At Port Jackson, Phillip founded Sydney, calling the harbor "one of the finest in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line might ride in perfect security." At Botany Bay, he was the last person to see La Pérouse and his crew. An appendix lists approximately 800 convicts brought to Australia in 1787. Ferguson 47; Hill 1346; Nissen ZBI 3158.
Provenance: 18th century bookplate of Peter Sherston of Stoberry Park, Somerset.