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[CALLANDAR, John (d.1789)]. Terra Australis Cognita: or, Voyages to the Terra Australis, or Southern Hemisphere, during the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries. Edinburgh: by A. Donaldson, 1766-1768.

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[CALLANDAR, John (d.1789)]. Terra Australis Cognita: or, Voyages to the Terra Australis, or Southern Hemisphere, during the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries. Edinburgh: by A. Donaldson, 1766-1768.

Three volumes, 8° (206 x 123mm). Volume I with dedications to Charles Townsend and Laurence Dundas, with advertisements on A4, 3 folding engraved maps by T. Phinn after Vaugondy. (Lacks 5A6 ?blank in vol.III, a few leaves slightly spotted.) Contemporary calf, double gilt fillet round covers, spines with gilt crossed fillets in compartments with red and black lettering pieces (slightly rubbed, splits in upper hinges).

FIRST EDITION, probably the first issue of vol.I with an inserted leaf of dedication to Charles Townsend (d.1767), containing Callander's proposal for the colonisation of 'New Britain' based on de Brosse's Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes. The descriptions of the 41 voyages include those of Magellan, Drake, Quiros, Tasman and Dampier, some for the first time in English. Callander advocates swift colonisation of the southern continent before another European power takes the opportunity. Hill p.35; Sabin 10053; Hocken p.5-7. (3)
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