[TRAVEL & EXPLORATION]. GRANT, James, Lieut. (1772-1833). The Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery, performed in His Majesty's Vessel The Lady Nelson... London: C. Roworth for T. Egerton, 1803.
4to (280 x 218 mm). Blank leaf d4 present. Folding engraved chart with portions of the coastline outlined in red by hand, folding engraved frontispiece (tear along fold), 6 engraved plates (one hand-colored). (Lacking 2pp. list of "encouragers," corner of last leaf torn away not affecting text, a few short separations to folds of some plates or maps, some minor spotting or soiling, offsetting of plates to text.) Modern leather gilt. Provenance: E. Donnelley, M.D. (early signature on dedication leaf).
FIRST EDITION of a work "of the highest significance to any collection of Australian books and no collection of books dealing with coastal discovery or with Victoria, can be without it" (Wantrup). Using a revolutionary vessel specially designed by John Schank for survey work in shallow waters (illustrated on the folding frontispiece), Grant carried out a series of expeditions along the Australian coastline, including the first passage through the Bass Strait from west to east. Ferguson 375; Hill 718; Sabin 28306; Wantrup 75.
Property from the Collection of Clarke Otten, Atlanta, Georgia
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