Lansdowne Press, 1964, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First Thus
400 g.; XIV, 218 pages, last 3 blank, preface by editor, introduction by author, appendix -- original marginal annotations, both recently discovered and already published incorporated by editor and addenda. The text is illustrated with one foldout map of Sydney as of 1836. Maroon coloured boards with titles to the backstrip. A little bumping to the top and bottom spine edges. Light browning to the paper edges and there has been staining to the front fore paper edge. Internal pages are very lightly age toned. Illustrated dust wrapper, showing some prisoners with ball and chains, with blue and white decorated background with black and red writing on the front panel and spine. Rubbing and chipping to the dust wrapper corners and rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. The results of insect activity can be seen to the top 1.25 " of the spine. The spine has become dark due to sun exposure and there has been staining of the spine region as well. The dust wrapper itself is dull and grubby and rubbing is quite prevalent as well. Grubby marks are present a long fold over creases. Browning of the verso of the dust wrapper along the spine. This book was first published in 1837 after the author had returned back to England after 14 years as a landholder in the colonies of New South Wales. It was a sensation when it was published in England and even more so when it finally reached New South Wales. "... it created a sensation when copies arrived in Sydney. Mudie's indictment of all and sundry, high and low, backed by his 14 years as a landholder of Castle Forbes, a property in Hunter River Valley, was not forgotten and on his return to Sydney some time later he was horsewhipped by the son of a Mr.Kinchella in the street. Mudie was awarded 50 pound damages for this assault." -- from the front fold over panel blurb. The book is about the experiences and the people of New South Wales in the early colonial period. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; True Crime ; 18th Century; Inventory No: 0104588.