Fully titled A Voyage To New South Wales: The Journal of Lieutenant William Bradley of HMS Sirius, this is the 1969 facsimile reproduction of Bradley’s handwritten journal.
From the accompanying promotional flyer:
When the First Fleet sailed through the heads of Port Jackson to found a colony on the shores of Sydney Cove, there was no shortage of chroniclers of the event. Each in his own way, varying from the polished prose of Tench to the half-literate scrawlings of Private Easty, set down what he could of the colony of convicts and soldiers in a land almost beyond reach of civilisation.
“Most meticulous in observation and recording was William Bradley whose handwritten journal, clearly penned and beautifully illustrated with some of the first watercolour views and charts is here reproduced as it was originally written, being the only First Fleet journal to have appeared in facsimile.”
This publication comes in two volumes – Vol 1 being the journal and Vol 2 a set of 22 charts. Both volumes are in excellent condition.