London, M. Jones, 1802 and 1803 [both first editions].
Octavo, two volumes, with a combined total of 28 hand-coloured plates: 2 frontispieces, 2 engraved title pages with vignette illustrations, a small folding map and 23 plates (18 in the first volume, 5 in the second).
Contemporary full polished tree calf; spines gilt in compartments, with red and green morocco title-labels (with the 1803 title labelled 'Vol. I'); sides bordered with gilt rolls; all edges marbled; minimal expert restoration to the extremities; offsetting to the few leaves adjacent to the four boards; occasional light foxing; an excellent set in most attractive condition.
George Barrington was a notorious rogue, one of the Third Fleet convicts. 'These two volumes have no real relationship with the earlier 1795 "Barrington" "Voyage" apart from the unauthorized use of his name. Naturally they have no relationship with the real George Barrington who had suffered with a deranged mind from 1800 until his death in 1804. In fact these volumes are largely extracted, more or less verbatim, from David Collins's two-volume account, with the addition of some very crude coloured illustrations' (Wantrup, page 97). Wantrup has since reconsidered these comments, and has now acknowledged that this is 'in fact, the earliest work with handcoloured topographical views of New South Wales' - and many of them are simply charming.