Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1965. Reprint. Hardcover octavo (24 x 16cm), pp. xv, [1, blank], 203, [1, blank] + 8 double sided black and white plates; red cloth covered boards, lettering in gilt on the spine; illustrated dust wrapper; blue and white illustrated endpapers; inscribed by the author.
Head of spine is slightly wrinkled, tail a little faded; top and bottom edges a touch dust toned; corners very gently bruised; covers faintly speckled; light foxing to edges of text block; spotting to endpapers, first and last pages and pages either side of black and white plates, otherwise mostly clean and bright throughout with occasional foxing; dust wrapper is bright, light creasing to head and tail of spine and corners, bottom edges and joins on flaps abraded, two small scratches to the top corner of the front cover, verso and inside flaps a little toned.
In 1798 the convict transport Hillsborough left Portsmouth for New South Wales; a voyage that resulted in death for many of its passengers. Using the journal of William Noah, a surviving passenger, Frank Clune has given a detailed account of the voyage before tracing the lives of other survivors.
Clune has inscribed the first title page as follows,
“For my friend
Bill “Scottish Cream” Palmer
Souvenir of a sojourn at the Royal Exchange
The day my home burned down.
No information could be gleaned as to who Bill “Scottish Cream” Palmer was or whether Frank Clune’s house did actually burn down on the 14th of August 1969. The Royal Exchange was, and continues to be, a club in Sydney where patrons can meet and ‘exchange‘ of business; from the inscription, Clune and Palmer clearly had a memorable experience there. Item #977