BARRINGTON, George.
The History of New South Wales including Botany Bay, Port Jackson, Paramatta, Sydney...

Published
London: W. Flint for J. Jones, 1802.
References
Ferguson I, 345; Abbey Travel II, 565; Tooley 80; Whittell 39; Wood p.222; Bobins 321.
Plates
15
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Value
$0-5,000
Ref
5367

FIRST EDITION, first issue, octavo, half title, engraved hand coloured title vignette, 15 hand coloured plates, full page woodcut illustration.
Half tan calf over burgundy coloured paper boards, gilt to spine. Marbled endpapers. Wantrup states that this work was almost certainly not by Barrington, who suffered ill health from 1800 until his death in 1804. He suspects this work was a verbatum account from David Collins's 2 vol 'Account of the English Colony in New South Wales'.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Frontispiece. Sydney.
2. Title page coloured vignette of a black swan.
3. A Male & Female Native.
4. Manhood.
5. Burning the Dead.
6. Courtship.
7. A Native Dog.
8. Kangaroo.
9. Bird of Paradise.
10. Black Cockatoo.
11. Hornbill.
12. Mountain Eagle.
13. Emu.
14. Blue Snake / Black & White Snake.
15. [Flora] Banksia Serata / Banksia Pyfiformis / Peppermint Tree / Tea Tree / Yellow Gum Tree.