MATTHEW FLINDERS’ NARRATIVE OF HIS VOYAGE IN THE SCHOONER FRANCIS: 1798. Preceded and Followed by Notes on Flinders, Bass, The Wreck of the Sidney Cove, &c, By Geoffrey Rawson.

Voyages]; Flinders, Matthew [Golden Cockerel Press]

Published by London Golden Cockerel Press 1946, 1946
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First Edition. Number 56 of 100 numbered copies designed, produced and published by Chrestopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, London, on Arnold’s mould-made paper in 16pt. Aldine Bembo type, with Centaur initials, designed by Bruce Rogers, and Lyons capitals, designed by Louis Perrin. Of the 750 copies produced, only 100 are bound in full green morocco as is this copy. With wood engravings by John Buckland Wright, including a full frontispiece illustration and numerous head and tail pieces throughout. One full page map. Small Folio, bound In the publisher’s best full morocco binding, lettered in gilt between two raised bands on the spine, and with a gilt ship motif on the upper and lower covers, edges tooled in gilt, and gilt ruled turn-ins. t.e.g. Housed in an off-white linen covered slipcase. 100 pp., map. A fine copy, very lightly mellowed at the spine panel, the box with some light typical age mellowing. SCARCE AND IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF THIS GOLDEN COCKEREL GEM. "The principal feature of this volume is the printing in full of Matthew Flinders’ narrative of his voyage in the schooner ‘Francis’ in 1788.Flinders’ voyage in the ‘Francis’ was but a minor incident in his long and varied career. He made so many important voyages, encountered so many desperate hazards and adventures, and, as the greatest navigator of his time, made so many important marine surveys. But this first printing of his own carefully written manuscript, as he left it, has its interest and its value in the literature of marine exploration." ‘.[T]he voyage and wreck of the ‘Sydney Cove’ were the cause of very important developments in the early history of New South Wales. The voyage itself was a very early attempt to open up overseas trade with the newly-founded settlement. The wreck of the ship and the escape of part of the crew along the coast led to the discoveries of coal. The existence of the wreck was directly responsible for Flinders’ voyage in the ‘Francis’. The mission on which the ‘Francis’ was bound, and the reasons for why Flonders was so anxious to take passage in her are amply explained in the text.’ The notes on Flinders, Bass, the wreck of the ‘Sidney Cove’, etc. are significant and important additions to the body of the work here presented with John Buckland Wright’s superb woodcut illustrations and the fine press work of the Golden Cockerel Press. This is a very pleasing copy of the rare first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 19997

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Publisher: London Golden Cockerel Press 1946

Publication Date: 1946

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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