London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. Item #00484
The Foundation of Australia
[GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. RUTTER, Owen. The First Fleet. The Record of the Foundation of Australia from Its Conception to the Settlement at Sydney Cove. Compiled from the Original Documents in the Public Record Office, with Extracts from the Log-Books of H.M.S. Sirius and an Introduction and Notes, by Owen Rutter. Foreword by the Hon. B.S.B. Stevens, M.L.A., Premier of New South Wales. Five Engravings by Peter Barker-Mill. [London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1937.
Limited to 375 copies (this copy being No. 158). Folio (12 7/16 x 7 9/16 inches; 316 x 192 mm.). 149, , [1, colophon], [1, blank] pp. Five wood engravings (including frontispiece) by Peter Barker-Mill. Four pages of facsimiles between pp. 8 and 9 (not included in pagination). “Printed & published by Christopher and Anthony Sandford and Owen Rutter at the Golden Cockerel Press…printed on Arnold’s hand-made paper in Perpetua type” (Colophon).
Original blue cloth. Front cover with cream-colored cloth label decoratively stamped in gilt. Spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Cloth very lightly frayed at spine extremities. Otherwise a fine copy.
“Published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Foundation of Australia, as a salute from England to the Commonwealth. By means of a running commentary the editor wove a judicious selection of the original documents into a connected narrative of that momentous enterprise…When paying recognition to its historical merit, the Times Literary Supplement also referred to the distinction of format, paper, printing and binding, adding that it was certainly a volume which all interested in Australia would care to possess, and at the same time paying a high tribute to Peter Barker-Mill’s imaginative engravings” (Pertelote).
Cave & Manson, pp. 129-130. Pertelote 123.