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A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, in All Parts of the World; many of which are now translated into English, digested on a new plan, Volume First, etc., complete in six volumes
Philadelphia: Kimber and Conrad, 1810. First American Edition. Hardcover. Good. Given its age (published in 1810), the only lightly waffled, age-toned text blocks are remarkably clean and unmarked. A celebrated cartographer, Pinkerton's "A General Collection of Voyages and Travels . . . " is one of his best-known works. This set consists of six volumes, bound in half leather over marbled boards, featuring leather spines trimmed in gilt. Still fairly sturdy, still fairly tightly bound, with foxing and toning, along with mostly marginal damp-staining, and remarkably clean, volume to volume. Four slightly raised bands to spines of each volume, gilt-ruled, still sharp and distinct gilt lettering thereto. Scuffing and rubbing to boards, ends of spines, tips, etc., but again, still an attractive set of an extremely important series of works. Volume I, dedicated mostly to the voyages of Sir Hugh Willoughby to the Northern Parts of Russia and Siberia, the voyages of Regnard and Maupertuis and others, with split to top spine. Volume II appears to lack the Table of Contents, but focuses mostly on travel to and from England and Scotland. Volume III has a single torn page, near frontis matter, else is dedicated to Thomas Pennant's trips to Scotland, that of Martin, twice, of Brand, and of Sir George Mackenzie. Young's Tour to Ireland is the substance of Volume IV, but then Lister's to France, Young's again to France, and Saussure's "Attempts to Attain the Summit of Mont Blanc" round out this volume. Volume V, which has a chip to bottom spine, recounts "Spallanzani's Travels in Italy," "Dolomieu's Account of the Earthquakes in Calabria, in 1783," "Bourgoanne's Travels in Spain," and "Coxe's Travels in Switzerland." Volume VI is then dedicated to travels further East and West, of "Riesbeck" to Germany, "Coxe's Travels in Denmark," "Coxe's Travels in Norway," "Fortia's Travels in Sweden," and "Coxe's Travels in Russia." From the collection of Urbana University School Library, with the usual markings to endpapers, as well as bookplates from The Philomathean Society on front pastedowns. Illustrated throughout with many plates and maps; plates are heavily toned, with offset to adjunct text, for example, at frontis of first volume, protected by tissue guards. Further collation is available upon request, as the first two volumes do not include a listing of plates. Volume I, 851 pp; Vol. II, 833 pp.; Vol. III, 810 pp. 9 plates (one leaf torn, but complete); Vol. IV, 851 pp. 12 plates (appears to be missing several plates from the back of the volume); Vol. V, 992 pp., 11 of the 13 listed plates; Vol. VI, 913 pp., 9 plates instead of the 4 listed, with repair to frontis plate. Pinkerton compiled the best travel narratives of the era, translating them into English. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.
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