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Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books
Langendijk 8
NL-4132 AK Vianen
The Netherlands


Gert Jan Bestebreurtje


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Collection of voyages
Harris, John Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca. Or, a complete collection of voyages and travels. Consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers Now carefully revised, with large additions, and continued down to the present time; including particular accounts of the manufactures and commerce of each country. London, T. Woodward, a.o., 1744-1748.
2 volumes. Large folio. Period-style blind-stamped calf, with red morocco title labels. With title-pages printed in black and red, royal privilege as frontispiece in volume one, woodcut head-pieces and 61 engraved maps, charts and plates (15 folding). (32),984; (10),1056,(22) pp. (Text in double-column ).
'This is a revised and enlarged version of the 1705 first edition of John Harris's 'compleat collection of voyages and travels'. 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' (Hill p.275).
Book I, Chapter I: History of the circumnavigators: Magellan, Francis Drake, Thomas Cavendish, Olivier van Noort, Sebald de Weert, Joris van Spilbergen, François Pelsaert, Willem Cornelisz. Schouten, Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, Jacques l'Hermite, Cowley, William Dampier, William Funnell, Woodes Rogers, John Clipperton, George Shelvocke, Jacob Roggeveen, Abel Jansz. Tasman, George Anson. II: Discovery, settlement, and commerce of the East Indies. Chapter III: Comprehending the discovery, settlement and commerce of the West Indies.
Book II: Voyages and discoveries towards the North, and through most of the countries of Europe.
Book III: Voyages to, and travels through the dominions of the Grand Signior, and through other empires, kingdoms and states in Asia: Turkey, Persia, China, Corea, Russia.
Present here, and absent in the first edition, are the narrations of Christopher Middleton to Hudson Bay, 1741-1742, Bering to the Northeast, 1725-1736, Woodes Rogers' circumnavigation, 1708-1711, Clipperton and Shevlocke's circumnavigation, 1719-1722, Roggeveen to the Pacific, 1721-33, and the various travels of Lord Anson's voyages, 1740-1744. - (Some age-browning). - A very good copy of this great collection of voyages.
Hill 775; Landwehr, VOC, 261; Sabin, 30482; Cox I, p.10; Schilder, map 87; NMMC I, 34.

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