A Mother's Offering to her Children, by a Lady Long Resident in New South Wales
Milton, Jacaranda Press, 1979 [first thus]/ 1841.
Duodecimo; papered boards; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased and torn with slight (chiefly surface) loss.
Marcie Muir's pamphlet, 'Charlotte Barton: Australia's First Children's Author' finally solved the mystery of the identity of the author, long misattributed by Ferguson (based on information pencilled in the Petherick copy in the National Library). The thirteen stories in the book are drawn largely from recent colonial history, and include 'Port Essington', 'Loss of the Stirling Castle', 'Wreck of the Charles Eaton' and 'Anecdotes of the Aborigines of New South Wales'.