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NAVIGANTIUM ATQUE ITINERANTIUM BIBLIOTHECA. OR, A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF VOYAGES AND TRAVELS. CONSISTING OF ABOVE SIX HUNDRED OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC WRITERS
London: Printed for T. Woodward, et al., 1744-48.. Two volumes. [12],xvi,[4],984; [10],1056,[22, Index and List of Plates]pp. plus sixty-one engraved maps and plates (including twenty-two maps, fifteen folding, and thirty-nine full-page plates). Royal privilege as frontispiece in volume one; engraved frontispiece in volume two. Folio. 20th-century polished calf, gilt, leather labels. Minor rubbing to boards, light occasional foxing, a few leaves roughly opened, else in very good condition. Second, and best edition, considerably expanded from the first edition of 1705. This highly regarded work contains the first separate map of Australia, and one of the the first maps to focus on Georgia and the southeast United States, along with valuable cartography on the Northwest Passage, North and South America, the Arctic regions, and more. A voluminous assemblage of the best accounts of world travel. "The second edition, especially prized for its maps, has been called the most complete by several authorities. Particularly valuable is the inclusion of a printing of Tasman's original map and two short articles printed on the map. One discusses Quiros's voyage, while the other speculates about the possibility of the Australian continent being colonized: 'Whoever perfectly discovers and settles it will become infallibly possessed of territories as rich and fruitful and as capable of improvement as any that have hitherto been found.' To the original extensive collection are added accounts of voyages completed since the first publication: Christopher Middleton to Hudson's Bay, 1741-42; Bering to the Northeast, 1725-26; Woodes Rogers's circumnavigation, 1708-11; Clipperton and Shelvocke's circumnavigation, 1719-22; Roggeveen to the Pacific, 1721-33; and the various travels of Lord Anson, 1740-44" -Hill. "Rearranged to reflect the new English interest in the Pacific. The Pacific was no longer regarded as a Spanish lake" -Steele. HILL 775. SABIN 30483. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 744/116. COX I, p.10. DAVIDSON, pp.37-38. LADA-MOCARSKI 3. LANDWEHR 261. TOOLEY, MAPPING OF AUSTRALIA, 241. WICKERSHAM 6679. STEELE, ENGLISH INTERPRETERS OF THE IBERIAN NEW WORLD, pp. 117-118, 178
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