SIDNEY, Samuel (1813–1883). The Three Colonies of Australia: New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia; their Pastures, Copper Mines, & Gold Fields. London: Ingram, Cooke, & Co. 1852.
8vo., (8 4/8 x 5 4/8 inches). Wood-engraved frontispiece, 10 wood-engraved plates, and illustrated throughout with wood-engravings in the text, 2 of which are full-page. 20th-century half scarlet calf, gilt, blue and green morocco lettering-pieces.
First edition and an attractive copy. Samuel Sidney's The Three Colonies of Australia was published in London in September 1852. "More than 5000 copies were sold in the first year, and by 1854 German and American editions were in print. The book is of considerable importance, both for its anti-Wakefield attitudes and for its outspoken 'pro-Australian' sentiments. Like Wakefield, Sidney never set foot in Australia, though he was very well informed about the colony's affairs. His colonial interest brought him into touch with many notable people in England and he made it his business to acquaint himself with the works of Caroline Chisholm and Alexander Harris, from both of whom he quotes. In all, the book's documentation is most impressive, and Sidney's writing is both finely pointed and graceful. On major issues, he was anti-Bligh, in favour of cheap land, an ardent champion of colonial self-government, and against continued transportation" (Stanley Tick, 'Sidney, Samuel (1813–1883)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University). Ferguson 15679.