London: Printed…at The Golden Cockerel Press, 1946. Item #00620
"Another Book of Daring Exploration"
Printed From the Original Manuscript
[GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. FLINDERS, Matthew. Matthew Flinders’ Narrative of His Voyage in the Schooner Francis: 1798. Preceded and Followed by Notes on Flinders, Bass, the Wreck of the Sidney Cove, &c, by Geoffrey Rawson. With Engravings by John Buckland Wright. [London]: Printed in Great Britain at The Golden Cockerel Press, 1946.
Limited to 750 numbered copies (this copy being No. 547). Folio (12 1/4 x 7 7/16 inches; 310 x 189 mm.). 100, , [2, blank] pp. Nine wood-engravings by John Buckland Wright (including frontispiece, title vignette, six head-piece vignettes, and printer’s device). Map. Printed in black and green. “Matthew Flinders’ Narrative has been designed, produced, and published by Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, London, on Arnold’s mould-made paper in 16pt. Aldine Bembo type, with Centaur initials, designed by Bruce Rogers, and Lyons capitals, designed by Louis Perrin, upon the model Latin inscriptions in 1846” (Colophon). “Bass’s journal of the whaleboat voyage”: pp. 29-43.
Publisher’s full green buckram. Front cover pictorially stamped in gilt with a schooner designed by John Buckland Wright, spine stamped and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Small red ink stamp on front free endpaper. A near fine copy.
“The principal feature of this volume is the printing in full of Flinders’ 1798, ‘Narrative of an expedition to Furneaux Islands,’ the largest island of which is named Flinders Island. Included are several articles relating to Flinders’ interest in Australia, including his earlier explorations of Tasmania with George Bass. An abridgement is given of Flinders’ circumnavigation of Australia” (Hill).
“Printed from the original manuscript, in the Victoria Public Library, which has title: Narrative of an expedition to Furneaux Islands on the coast of New South Wales” (Hill).
“This is another book of daring exploration in our ‘Sea Series’. I tried to produce these stories of high adventure in an exciting way, and planned to make the book a symphony in green. I even thought of scenting the paper with seaweed, and imagined clients commenting to each other… ‘Strange thing about this book—it seems to bring a breath of the sea!’” (Cockolorum).
Cave & Manson 170. Cockalorum 170. Hill I, pp. 106-107.