London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1946. First Thus. Limited to 750 numbered copies (this copy being 547). Folio (12 1/4 x 7 7/16 inches; 310 x 189 mm.).
Publisher’s full green buckram. Front cover pictorially stamped in gilt with a schooner designed by John Buckland Wright, spine stamped and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Small red ink stamp on front free endpaper. Collating 100, , [2, blank]. Nine wood-engravings by John Buckland Wright (including frontispiece, title vignette, six head-piece vignettes, and printer’s device). Map. Printed in black and green. A Near Fine copy.
“Matthew Flinders’ Narrative has been designed, produced, and published by Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, London, on Arnold’s mould-made paper in 16pt. Aldine Bembo type, with Centaur initials, designed by Bruce Rogers, and Lyons capitals, designed by Louis Perrin, upon the model Latin inscriptions in 1846” (Colophon). “This is another book of daring exploration in our Sea Series. I tried to produce these stories of high adventure in an exciting way, and planned to make the book a symphony in green. I even thought of scenting the paper with seaweed, and imagined clients commenting to each other… ‘Strange thing about this book—it seems to bring a breath of the sea!’” (Cockolorum).
Cave & Manson 170. Cockalorum 170. Hill I, pp. 106-107. (Item #3653)