Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1st.ed., 1987. Xi + 320 pp., many plates (some cold.), maps, facsimiles, etc. D.j., 26 x 20cm. FINE. Signed Presentation Copy from the author to Dr. N. A. M. Rodger (mentioned in the Acknowledgements, then at Kew) : "For Nicholas Rodger, with thanks ! Alan Frost." Arthur Phillip was the founding governor of the convict colony of New South Wales and for this he is perhaps best remembered. The author, however, researching international archives, has delved further back into Phillip’s life than any previous biographer. Few men voyaged further than Phillip who sailed to the Arctic, about the coasts of Europe, to the West Indies and South America, around the Cape of Good Hope to India and Australia. His was a remarkable naval career reflecting the far reach of the Royal Navy in the 18th century. Generously illustrated, including a number of handsome coloured plates, Phillip’s adventures include his exploits during the Seven Years’ War, his secret expeditions between 1780 and 1784, the First Fleet to New South Wales, and Phillip’s wartime experiences from 1793 to 1805 when he retired from the Navy as an Admiral of the Blue. FINE Presentation Copy, signed by the author to Dr. Nicholas Rodger ; his copy.