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A collection of voyages to the southern hemisphere.
- London, printed for the editor and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 1788.2 volumes. Modern leather. 692; 745 pp.* First published in three volumes in Edinburgh in 1766-1768. - The source of this collection is the Histoire des navigations aux terres Australis by Des Brosses, Paris 1756. This two-volume edition contains a total of forty-one narratives, some in English for the first time, including the voyages of Hawkins, Quiros, Spilbergen, Le Maire and Schouten, Pelsaert, Tasman, Dampier, Shelvocke, Anson, etc. The final section contains Callander's essay 'Advantages from the forming of colonies in the Terra Australis', first pubished in 1768. This has been described as 'the fundamental proposal for the first European settlement of the Southern continent'. 'The work is valuable both for its narratives and for its editorial comments' (Cox I, p.18). An important early collection depicting the discovery, exploration, natural history, geography and commerce of Australia. - (First leaves volume I waterstained; age-browned). - A very rare edition.Hill 240 and Landwehr, VOC, 271 first edition only; not in Cat. NHSM. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Gert Jan Bestebreurtje]
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