London: J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, [iv] advertisements, 65 handcoloured engraved plates by Sarah Stone. Contemporary full speckled calf, expertly rebacked with new spine, some occasional light foxing, otherwise a fine, clean copy.
White was chief surgeon of the First Fleet, and distinguished himself by overcoming serious medical problems in appalling conditions, both on the voyage out and when the settlement was founded. He was also a keen amateur naturalist and after arriving at Port Jackson found time to accompany Phillip on two journeys of exploration. Many important Australian animals are figured and described for the first time.
Provenance: Earl Fitzwilliam, his armorial bookplate to front pastedown, as well as the family label of Milton, Peterborough; H. Bradley Martin, his book label to front pastedown; James Fairfax, his book label to front free endpaper.
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