Sketches of New South Wales', parts I to IV, extracted from four issues of 'The Saturday Magazine', each part illustrated, with three of the five illustrations depicting aboriginal Australians.

W. R. G.' [William Romaine Govett] [The Saturday Magazine; New South Wales, Australia; aborigines]
Publication details: 
Numbers: 247 (7 May 1836); 250 (28 May 1836); 252 (4 June 1836); 255 (25 June 1836). All four: 'LONDON: Published by JOHN W. PARKER, WEST STRAND; and sold by all Booksellers.'
SKU: 8362

On loose 8vo leaves, disbound from a volume. All articles clear and complete. The first three parts good, on aged paper; fourth part fair, on grubby paper with wear to extremities. The first four of a total of twenty articles. Part One (no.247, pp.177-179) is entitled 'Scenery of the Blue Mountains. - Govatt's Leap.' Signed in print 'W. R. G.' Engraving (p.177, 10.5 x 14.5 cm) of the 'View of the Gullies of the Grose River, from the Cataract named "Govatt's Leap.["]' Second engraving (p.184, 14.5 x 11 cm) captoned 'The grass-tree; and natives of New South Wales, kindling a fire.' Part 2 (no.250, pp.201-204) is entitled 'The Aboriginal Natives'. Engraving (p.201, 14.5 x 10.5 cm) captioned 'Male and female natives of New South Wales'. Part 3 (no.252, pp.217-219) entitled 'Manners and Customs of the Natives - Their Weapons - Peculiarities of the Women - Their Habitations - War Councils - Power of the Chief.' Engraving (p.217, 9.5 x 14.5 cm) captioned 'Trial of a native who has recently stolen his wife from a tribe to which he does not belong'. Part 4 (no.255, pp.241-242) is entitled 'Manners and Customs of the Natives continued. - The Corroboree, or National Dance.' Signed in print 'W. R. G.' Engraving (p.241, 9.5 x 14.5 cm) captioned 'The Corroboree; a peculiar dance of the natives of New South Wales.' Second article (p.242-243) preceded by note: 'The following account of a somewhat similar scene, communicated by a settler in NEW HOLLAND, and which has lately appeared in a London Journal, shows that the Corroboree, and the superstitious rites connected with it, is common to the natives of those regions, situated at a vast distance from the place where it was witnessed by the writer of the foregoing paper.' Also included are four leaves from other issues. One, from the issue of 3 August 1833 (pp.47-48), with article on 'The Emu, or Cassowary, of New Holland'. With ilustration (10.5 x 7 cm). Another (28 June 1834, p.248), with article on 'Gigantic Trees in Van Diemen's Land.'