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A Modern, Authentic and Complete System of Universal Geography
London: Printed for C. Cooke,, 1791?-7. Including All the late important Discoveries made by the English, and other celebrated Navigators of various Nations, in the different Hemispheres; and containing a Genuine History and Description of the Whole World, as consisting of Empires, Kingdoms, States, Republics, Provinces, Continents, Islands, Oceans, &c. ... throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and America ... Together with a Complete History of every Empire, Kingdom, and State ... In which is introduced, to illustrate the Work, a considerable Number of the most accurate Whole Sheet Maps, forming a Complete Atlas. To which is added a complete guide to Geography, Astronomy, the use of the Globes, Maps &c. ... Likewise containing ... Captain Cook's Voyages. Together with all the Discoveries made by other Mariners since the Time of that celebrated Circumnavigator. ... The Whole Forming a Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels. 2 volumes, folio (384 x 240 mm). Contemporary full tree calf, raised bands, red and dark green morocco labels, edges speckled black. Engraved frontispiece, 83 similar plates, and 22 maps, of which 12 folding. Extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, minor wear to corners, boards a touch scuffed, occasional mild spotting to text block, closed tears to a few leaves, a few corners turned First edition, later issue, of Bankes's impressive geography. Originally issued in 90 weekly parts, starting in 1787, copies of the work appear in several variants. "While it was being issued changes were made to its title page, to the contents of some parts and to the maps it contained. These changes allow a sequence of variants to be established for the title page and for some individual parts, and allow some parts (but not a whole set of parts) to be dated" (Prescott, A Guide to Maps of Australia in Books Published 1780-1830, p. 242). This continuous editing process of Bankes's Geography, which revised and added information (especially to the parts concerned with Australia and the recently established colony), reflects the particular shape of the English interest in geography and exploration at the end of the eighteenth century.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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