SHAW, William. The Land of Promise; or, My Impressions of Australia. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1854.
8vo., (7 4/8 x 4 4/8 inches). Original purple cloth, gilt (detached, worn).
Provenance: with the ownership inscription of J.B. Chase of Regent's Park, dated 1856, on the front paste-down
At the time of writing, the author was actually in California, having followed the gold rush there in 1849. However until then he had been living in South Australia with his English family. Shaw was also the author of William Shaw, Trip from Australia to California, 1849; California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years; and Golden Dreams and Waking Realities. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1851.
Shaw's stated object in writing the current title was "to combine instruction and amusement; and, whilst giving his "impressions" of several Capitals; and, when sketching the peculiarities of the country, he has avoided the long disquisitions which colonial "authorities" are prone to indulge in, and sought to convey the matter-of-fact details of a a hand-book, in a form which can be easily digested" (pages iii-iv).