Lot 352
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Dalrymple, Alexander

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  • Dalrymple, Alexander
  • A Collection of Charts and Memoirs. London: A. Dalrymple, 1772
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FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, 2 volumes (text and atlas), 4to (272 x 214mm.) and folio (495 x 340mm.), text (8 parts in one volume - see footnote) [ii (general title)], xl, [ii errata], [ii], 22, [iv] 12, [iv], 60, [vi], 16, [iv], [ii blank], 38, [iv], 28, 8pp., 2 plates; atlas with 11 double-page sheets, comprising: 9 charts and coastal profiles on four sheets, and 7 double-page charts, 2 overslips (one, a compass rose, detached), matching contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, red labels, text with occasional spotting, atlas somewhat spotted, browned and offset

A fine presentation copy to Matthew Boulton (1728-1809, described by ODNB as "one of the leading innovating entrepreneurs of the industrial revolution"), the text volume inscribed "to Mathew Boulton Esqr. From the Author".

The contents of this work vary. The "General Introduction" calls for 6 tracts (i.e. 7 in all including the Introduction itself). This copy has 8 in all, as follows: 1. General Introduction to the Charts and Memoirs (xl, [ii errata]); 2. Essay on the Most Commodious Methods of Marine Surveying ([ii], 22), slightly spotted; 3. Memoir of a Chart of the China Sea ([iv], 12); 4. Memoir of the Chart of Part of the Coast of China and the Adjacent Islands near the Entrance of Canton River ([iv], 60); 5. Journal of the Schooner Cuddalore, Oct. 1759. on the Coast of China ([vi], 16); 6. Journal of the Schooner Cuddalore on the Coast of Hainan ([iv], [ii blank], 38), 2 plates, one with 2 images, the other folding (but perhaps misbound); 7. Memoir of the Chart of the West Coast of Palawan, or Paragua ([iv], 28); 8. Memoir of a Chart of the Southern Ocean (8pp.). The final part is not called for in the Introduction. [Cook A22, A14, A13, A15, A16, A17, A18, A6]

The atlas contains the following seven double-page charts: 1. A Chart of the Ocean between South America and Africa [this map is not called for in the list given in the Introduction]; 2. A Chart of Part of the Coast of China, and Adjacent Islands; 3. A Chart of the Schooner Cuddalore's Track along the West Coast of Palawan; 4. The Sooloo Archipelago; 5. To His Majesty... this Chart of Felicia and Plan of the Island of Balambangan; 6. A Map of Part of Borneo, and the Sooloo Archipelago, with overslip; 7. A Chart of the China Sea. Inscribed to Monsr. D'Apres de Mannevillette. In addition there are four double-page sheets, each with 2 or more engraved maps or profiles, as follows: Coast of Hainan (2 plates on one double-page sheet); Coast of China (2 plates on one double-page sheet); two further unidentified profiles (2 plates on one double-page sheet); Chart of Part of the Coast of China by Felis Mendoca / Chart of the S.E. Coast of Hainan from a Swedish Chart / Chart of the Coast of China adjacent to Honghai Island (3 maps on one double-page sheet).



Matthew Boulton, inscription by the author and book label ("M. Boulton's Library, Soho"); sale Christie's, 12 December 1986, "Books from the Library of Matthew Boulton and his Family", lot 58


Andrew Cook, Alexander Dalrymple (1737-1808), hydrographer to the East India Company and to the Admiralty, as publisher: a catalogue of books and charts, A21; not in Hill