This is the first of two published volumes of the Diaries and Accounts. The attractively produced book and jacket are in fine, almost new condition. Matthew Flinders was a surgeon and apothecary in Donington, South Lincolnshire, in the late 18th century. His son, also Matthew, was a sailor, navigator and explorer, and one of the central figures in the history of the Australian nation. The diaries reveal a wealth of detail about the home, the family and the village in which the future explorer grew up. The daily routine of business, socialising with neighbours, unusual events such as the beaching of a whale near Boston, or the visit to Donington of Mr Powell the famous fire-eater are recorded alongside family joys and sorrows, the births and deaths of children, the passing of Flinder's beloved wife Susanna and his subsequent remarriage. The childhood and schooling of the young Matthew are a recurring theme. Contains a section of 13 b/w illustration plates.