Flinders, Matthew

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.

Published: London, The Golden Cockerel Press

Date: 1946

Limited edition. Number 216 from an edition of 750 copies. Original green buckram lettered in gilt and with a sailing ship emblem on the upper board. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Designed, produced, and published by Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, London, on Arnold's grey mould-made paper in 16pt. Aldine Bembo type, with Centaur initials, designed by Bruce Rogers, and Lyons capitals, designed by Louis Perrin. With nine wood engravings by John Buckland Wright. Map at rear showing parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania with the routes of some of the vessels mentioned in the Narrative. Fine.

This volume includes the first publication of Flinders’ Narrative from the manuscript held in the Public Library of Victoria. The Introduction features a glaring typo in the fourth line, giving the date of the voyage as 1788, the year Sydney was founded and seven years before Flinders reached Australia. Strangely, this usually escapes attention. An interesting light shone on the early exploration of Australia and with the benefit of fine presswork and John Buckland Wright’s illustrations.


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