HARRIS, John (1667?-1719, editor). Navigantium atque Itinerantium bibliotheca. Or, a Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels; consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers. London: for T. Osborne [and others], 1764. 2 vols., 2° (403 x 257mm.). Titles in red and black, printed in double column. 40 engraved plates and 20 maps by Emanuel Bowen only (of 21), 14 of the maps folding or double-page. (Lacks the map of the Southern Continent in vol. I, titles slightly browned, occasional spotting of text, a few margins waterstained.) Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt with morocco labels, red edges (a little rubbed).
Third edition of this 'valuable and esteemed collection'. Expanded from its original publication in 1705, its 2000 folio pages made it as great a challenge to the printer as Johnson's Dictionary. The only comparable collection is Churchill's which was a selection of the best, and not a compendium of all known voyages and travels like Harris's. Lowndes III, 1002; OCLC 9882085. (2)