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Dalrymple, Alexander
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Dalrymple, Alexander
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Dalrymple, Alexander

An Historical Collection of the Several Voyages and Discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean. London: Printed for the author, and sold by J. Nourse and T. Payne, 1770 [-1771]

2 volumes in one, 4to (10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.; 260 x 200 mm). Two half-titles the first with advertisement on verso, two titles, dedication leaf, "Monthly Review" leaf, ad page facing index dated April 1771, 4 folding engraved charts, 11 engraved plates (of which 5 are folding), 3 pp. errata; lacking 1 plate, some offsetting from plates, light dampstain in lower margin of one leaf of introduction, small tear in gutter margin of South Pacific map, some light marginal spotting, occasional light browning. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt with gilt-stamped morocco title label, yellow edges; joints cracked and mended with plastic, edges and corners rubbed.


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Provenance

Sir Gilbert Elliot, 3rd baronet and lord Minto (1722-1777, treasurer of the Navy, with armorial shelf label with motto "credunt quod vident")

Literature

Sabin 18338; Hill I, p. 73

Catalogue Note

First edition of an important compilation of Spanish and Dutch voyages by Alexander Dalrymple, who was the first critical editor of discoveries in Australasia and Polynesia. The first volume consists of Dalrymple's translations of Spanish voyages, beginning with that of Magellan in 1519 and concluding with that of Queirós in 1606. The second volume contains the Dutch voyages of William Schouten and Jacob Le Maire, Abel Tasman, and Jacob Roggeveen. Dalrymple intended the publication of this work to bolster his claim of the existence of a southern continent, but his theory was dispelled by Cook's second voyage (1772-1775).

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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