HOWITT, William (1792-1879). The History of Discovery in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, from the Earliest Date to the Present Day. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1865.

$ 850.00

HOWITT, William (1792-1879). The History of Discovery in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, from the Earliest Date to the Present Day. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1865.

2 volumes. 8vo., (8 4/8 x 5 4/8 inches). 6-page publisher's advertisements at end of volume I. Fine folding lithographed map "Australia", and 2 folding engraved maps "Tasmania or Van Dieman's Land", and "New Zealand", all by John Dower. Very fine original maroon cloth, blind and gilt, uncut and partially unopened (spines a little faded).

Provenance: with the small ink library stamp of Hugh Selbourne, his sale, Bonhams, 8th March 2016, lot 261

First edition, and a fine, bright and attractive copy, with all three maps, not always found. In 1852 William and two sons sailed for Victoria, Australia, where they spent two years on the diggings. "They gained little gold but much colonial experience; although William revelled in the free bush life and strange flora and fauna, and was stimulated by repulsing bushrangers, he found scope for reform in the land laws, in the gold commissioners and 'the comic-opera police force'. His experiences are reflected in A Boy's Adventures in the Wilds of Australia (1854), Land, Labour, and Gold; or, Two Years in Victoria (1855), Tallangetta, the Squatter's Home (1857) and The History of Discovery in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand (1865). He returned to England in 1854. The family continued their writing and philanthropy until 1870 when they settled in Rome. At Tra Fontane he persuaded the Trappist Monks to plant malarial swamps with eucalyptus seeds from East Gippsland. With his wife, Howitt is credited with 180 published works. He also remained active as a self-styled radical crusading for truth, his actions motivated by love of freedom and hatred of injustice. He died in Rome on 3 March 1879, survived by wife who died on 30 January 1888 and by three children" (Mary Howitt Walker, 'Howitt, William (1792–1879)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University)Bagnall, 2684 (two maps only); Ferguson, 10622 (two maps only); Fox (Renard), 2140 (three maps); Hocken, 237 (two maps only).