Paris: 1841-46. The set of three lithographs of Port Essington, from Dumont D'Urville's, "Voyage Au Pole Sud", Paris 1841-46. From the "Histoire du Voyage" section of Ferguson 3184. The three plates are; New-Victoria. (Port Essington.), Pl. 120, printed area 31x22 cm. with wide margins; Etablissement anglais a Port-Essington. (Cote N. de l'Australie), Pl. 119, 38.5x29 cm. with wide margins; Port Essington (Cote N. de l'Australie.) Pl. 118, 32x23 cm. with wide margins. Tinted lithographs printed in black and tan, with the official blind stamp of the voyage in the lower margin. Somewhat foxed but not unpleasantly so. A scarce set of fine early views of the Australian North Coast.
Port Essington, at the extreme north of the Northern Territory, Australia, was surveyed in 1818 by Captain Phillip Parker King of the Royal Navy, who named it for Admiral Sir William Essington. In 1824 it was the site of Britain’s third attempt to settle the north coast of Australia. The attempt failed, as the previous two efforts had, and the settlement, then named New Victoria, after the young Queens Victoria, survived only from 1838 until 1849. Relics of the settlement are preserved in the Cobourg Marine Park. Item #500