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Raccolta di Viaggi dalla Scoperta del nuovo Continente fino a'di nostri...
Prato: Fratelli Giachetti, 1840-, 1845. Octavo, 18 volumes (bound in 17), with 159 plates and maps (five handcoloured), occasional modest foxing, a few plates browned, yet a fine set in later nineteenth-century red half morocco with ornate gilt spines. From Christopher Columbus to Sir Thomas Mitchell. A handsome set of voyage accounts uniformly bound in rich gilt morocco, including an Italian translation of Sir Thomas Mitchell's Three Expeditions Into the Interior of Eastern Australia, originally published in London 1838, and here titled Viaggi nell'interno dell'Australia o Nuova Olanda. Mitchell's narrative is a curious inclusion in this collection, and includes a frontispiece and twelve plates directly derived from the 1838 London edition.The scope of this collected edition is impressive, encompassing the period from Columbus' discovery of the New World to the mid-nineteenth century. An eclectic range of authors is included, both famous and obscure, including Cortes, Burckhardt and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.Of additional interest is an abridged version of the Pacific travels of the French diplomat and traveller Lafond de Lurcy (1802-76). Lafond de Lurcy entered the French merchant navy in 1818 and spent several years trading in American waters before joining the service of Peru to command a voyage to the Pacific in 1822, during which time he visited Tahiti and the Marquesas group. In 1828 he traversed the Pacific from the Phillipines to Lima, stopping at Hawaii en route. A third Pacific voyage followed shortly afterwards in 1830, during which time Lafond de Lurcy visited Australia, as well as New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa amongst other islands. An abridged version of his experiences in the Pacific comprises one volume of this set and is titled Viaggio nella Polinesia e nelle isole circonvicine dell'Australia and contains five plates including a portrait of Queen Pomare, a Tahitian burial and romantic idyll, a landscape in the Marquesas and a costume study of women on Guam. Furthermore, this volume is adorned with woodcut vignettes after Jacques Arago. This collection of voyages also includes two other separately bound volumes by Lafond de Lurcy treating the Philippines and the Americas....
      [Bookseller: Hordern House]
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