Private Journal. From 17 December 1803 at Isle of France to 10 July 1814 at London
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2005 [first thus].
Quarto, 574 pages with 26 illustrations and a map plus a frontispiece portrait, 12 colour plates and a large folding map (Flinders' 1804 map of Australia) in an endpocket.
Gilt-decorated quarter calf and blind-pictorial blue cloth; spine very lightly sunned; a near-fine copy.
Number 136 of only 150 copies of the deluxe issue (in a total edition of 850 copies); it was oversubscribed on publication. This is the first published transcription of the private journal kept by Flinders 'from the first day of his detention at Isle of France (Mauritius) in December 1803 and continues after his return to England in 1810. The final entry is dated 10 July 1814, nine days before his death. It has previously appeared as a facsimile of the handwritten original held by the Mitchell Library ... The present volume is edited by Anthony J. Brown and Gillian Dooley [both published Flinders scholars] ... It also contains eight appendices, an introduction and notes by the editors and an index'. The prospectus and title-specific bookmark are loosely inserted.