HORTON JAMES, T. Six Months in South Australia; with some account of Port Philip and Portland Bay, in Australia Felix; with advice to Emigrants; to which is added a Monthly Calendar of Gardening and Agriculture. Adapted to the climate and Seasons. London: J. Cross, 1838.
8vo., (6 6/8 x 4 4/8 inches). 4-page postscript after page 208, 4 pages publisher's advertisements at end. Fine folding engraved frontispiece map "Port Lincoln, &c...", one full-page engraved map "Plan of Victor Harbour in Encounter Bay, near the Mouth of the River Murray, by Capt.n Crozier R.N.", both dated January 1839. Original green cloth, gilt, uncut.
Provenance: with the contemporary ownership inscription of R. Southwall on the front free endpaper, beneath which is; the ownership inscription of Mrs. Mary Jane Parr; with the small ink library stamp of Hugh Selbourne, his sale, Bonhams, 8th March 2016, lot 262
First edition, and a fine copy. A Thomas Horton James is recorded as being granted 2000 acres of land in Hunter River, by Sir T. Brisbane, 22 July, 1822.
"The Author of the following pages considers that some apology is due for the extreme scantiness of his information; but, as few materials can be expected to exist for forming any thing like an elaborate account of a country that was only discovered a few years ago, and occupied, as it were, but yesterday, he hopes that the timely appearance of a true and impartial account of the New Colony, by an eye-witness, will plead an excuse for all apparent haste and deficiencies..." (Preface).
Everything the emigrant needs to know from what to expect from the voyage out: "In about 11 [degrees] north, the passengers will catch a glimpse of the interesting constellation of the Southern Cross,..." (page 5); to how much to pay for a common milch-cow - 16 pounds; to how to plan your harvest by month. Ferguson 2525.