The First Fleet



London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1937.

The Record of the Foundation of Australia from its Conception to the Settlement at Sydney Cove compiled from the Original Documents held in the Public Record Office with extracts from the Log Books of H.M.S. Sirius. Introduction and Notes by Owen Rutter. Foreword by the Hon. B.S.B. Stevens, M.L.A., Premier of New South Wales. Number 89 of 375 copies set in 14 pt. Perpetua type and printed on Arnold’s hand-made paper. 12.5 X 7.5 ins. 150 pp. Full bound in blue cloth with design by the artist in gilt on a cream-coloured cloth panel on the upper cover. Gilt spine titling. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Five wood engravings by Peter Barker Mill including a full page frontispiece and four facsimile pages. Published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Australia, as a salute from England to the Commonwealth. This copy has two bookplates on the front paste-down indicating that it was firstly owned by Elizabeth Greenhill (1907-2007) one of the outstanding designer bookbinders of the 20th century. A fine copy.

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