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Letters from an Irish colonist in New South Wales,
with 2 wood-engravings, 1 by Caroline Clayton

[BESNARD, Thomas Pope].
A voice from the bush in Australia: shewing its present state, advantages, and capabilities, in a series of letters from an Irish settler and others in New South Wales. With appendices ...
Dublin, William Curry junior & Co.; London, Smith, Elder & Co.; Edinburgh, John Johnstone, 1839. 12mo. With wood-engraved frontispiece, nearly full-page wood-engraved illustration on page 25 and a letterpress folding table. Modern marbled wrappers.
€ 4,000
A collection of letters from New South Wales by Thomas Pope Besnard, an Irish colonist of Cork, with 4 extensive appendices containing valuable information on the early colony. Besnard became an overseer on a chain gang and writes enthusiastically about the great possibilities of life in Australia, where he is "working and faring hard, yet earning the sweet bread of honorable independence" (p. 17). The frontispiece shows a farmer in front of his small house, with other men, a kangaroo or wallaby and other animals. The wood-engraving, by Caroline Clayton, shows a hunter with two dogs. The appendices contain practical information for settlers (lists of public and commercial institutions, information on post coaches, etc.) and extracts from various publications relating to Australia.
In very good condition.
Ferguson 2713; WorldCat (7 copies); for Caroline Clayton: Strickland, Dictionary of Irish artists (1913), II, p. 108.
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