London, John Stockdale, 1790 (second edition)/ 1789.
Quarto, [ii] (engraved title page with vignette, verso blank), xxiv (last blank), [iv] (list of plates, last blank), 258, clxxvi (appendix, last blank),  (advertising leaf, last blank) pages plus the frontispiece portrait, 47 engraved plates and 8 folding maps and charts. Despite the title page stating that the book is 'embellished with fifty-five Copper Plates' (a relic from the first edition), a total of 56 plates are enumerated in the List of Plates. This total includes the vignette on the title page, and a portrait of Lieutenant Watts not present in the first edition, but not the hand-coloured 'New Chart of New Holland' standard to this issue but not called for in the list of plates.
Early half calf and marbled papered boards, with all leather later replaced in period style, retaining the original morocco title-label on the spine; marbled sides abraded (interestingly, revealing that the paper used was recycled printed sheets); engraved title spotted and offset, with an early smudged signature (N. Powlett) at the head and slight surface adhesion damage to the inner margin (offering an explanation for the frontispiece being trimmed of some of its inner margin - presumably it had previously been pasted on to the title page); small chip to the leading edge of the frontispiece; plates generally foxed and often offset, with the adjacent leaves often offset and browned; a few short tears (mainly to the maps near the stub) now expertly sealed; overall a very acceptable copy.
The superior second edition, with the substantially expanded appendix, which includes 'The History of New Holland ... and a Discourse on Banishment' and its accompanying hand-coloured map. Ferguson 90; Wantrup 5 (and pages 59-64).