C1827

Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia. Performed between the Years 1818 and 1822. With an Appendix, containing Various Subjects Relating to Hydrography and Natural History.

Author:

Phillip Parker King R.N. (1791 - 1856)

King’s important two volume account of his coastal explorations and surveys, undertaken 1818-1822 in the ships Mermaid and Bathurst. The account was published after King’s eight charts of the north and north-west coasts, which completed the surveys previously undertaken by … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia. Performed between the Years 1818 and 1822. With an Appendix, containing Various Subjects Relating to Hydrography and Natural History.

Date:

C1827

Author:

Phillip Parker King R.N. (1791 - 1856)

Condition:

Spine and corners with minor bumping, minor spotting, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hard cover

Image Size: 

140mm 
x 220mm
AUTHENTICITY
Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia. Performed between the Years 1818 and 1822. With an Appendix, containing Various Subjects Relating to Hydrography and Natural History. - Antique Book from 1827

Genuine antique
dated:

1827

Description:

King’s important two volume account of his coastal explorations and surveys, undertaken 1818-1822 in the ships Mermaid and Bathurst.
The account was published after King’s eight charts of the north and
north-west coasts, which completed the surveys previously
undertaken by Flinders.

John Murray, London, 1827, two volumes, octavo, hard cover, 9
aquatint plates, 2 folding maps, nineteenth-century half calf. Lacking
the half-titles. Spine and corners with minor bumping, internally minor spotting, otherwise in good condition. Size: 220mm x 140mm

The views were engraved from
King’s own sketches.

The British increasingly feared the motives of the ongoing French presence in the coastal waters of the “unclaimed” western half of the Australian continent, especially so after the Baudin expedition of 1800-1803. As a consequence King’s instructions were to complete the charting of the north-west which soon led to the British claiming Western Australia, on 2 May 1829.

References Ferguson 1130, Wantrup pp. 161-163, 84b.

Author:

Phillip Parker King (1791-1856)

King was a naval officer, hydrographer and company manager, the son of Philip Gidley King. Phillip sailed for England with his parents in October 1796 in the Britannia. When his father left England in November 1799, to become governor of New South Wales, his sister Maria was left in the care of Mrs Samuel Enderby and Phillip was placed under the tuition of Rev. S. Burford in Essex. In 1802 he was nominated to the Portsmouth Naval Academy. In November 1807 he entered the navy in the Diana and became a midshipman serving for six years in the North Sea, the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean, being promoted to master’s mate in 1810 and lieutenant in February 1814.

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