London: John Stockdale, September 21, 1789. Original hand colored copper engraving on laid paper, depicting a standing dingo in profile facing left, with a detail of the dingo jaw above, from the very scarce colored first edition of 'The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay'.
The foundation of Australia as a European colony is described in Phillip's Voyage, the official account of the First Fleet. "Phillip was given the task of founding a convict settlement in Australia, and became the first governor of New South Wales. Reaching Botany Bay in 1788, Via Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro and the Cape of Good Hope, Phillip decided that the site was unsatisfactory and sailed to Port Jackson, where he founded the city named Sydney, after Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney, secretary of state ."(Hill)
Engraved by Peter Mazell, 'P. Mazell del & sculp' at the lower right. Engraved on plate below title: Publish'd Sept. 21, 1789, by J. Stockdale.
7 1/2 x 10 1/4" with full impression mark and wide margins. A very bright clean copy. Small chip at bottom edge, not affecting printed area; small chip lower right corner of sheet. Trove 52011581 for the book at the State Library of Victoria. Very good condition. Item #25930