FLINDERS, MATTHEW. 1774-1814.
A Voyage to Terra Australis; undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803, in His Majesty's Ship the Invesitgator, and subsequently in the armed vessel Porpoise and Cumberland Schooner. With an Account of the Shipwreck of the Porpoise.... London: W. Bulmer and Co. for G. and W. Nicol, 1814.
2 text volumes only (lacking atlas). 4to (292 x 230 mm). , ix, , cciv, 269; , 613 pp. Half-titles. Nine engraved views by Byrne, Pye, Woolnoth, Scott, Finden and Middiman after William Westall. Period quarter calf over marbled boards. Vol 1 prelims a little creased and darkened, occasional foxing including to plate margins, one plate with light offsetting from text, long repaired tear to 3U2 (vol 2), sympathetically rebacked.
FIRST EDITION OF "THE MOST OUTSTANDING BOOK ON THE COASTAL NAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA" (Wantrup). Flinders' voyage was the first circumnavigation of Australia and confirmed that Australia is a continent and Tasmania an island. He provided detailed surveys of the south coast of Australia and of the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. Flinders' account is a daily log, there is also a lengthy introduction with a history of prior discoveries and an almost as substantial appendix with scientific and botanical observations. Ferguson 576; Hill 614; Nissen BBI 637; Wantrup pp 138ff.
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