9 June 2004
[BROSSES, Charles de (1709-1777)]. Histoire des navigations aux Terres Australes. Contenant ce que l'on scait des moeurs & des productions des Contries dicouvertes jusqu'' ce jour; & oy il est traiti de l'utiliti d'y faire de plus amples dicouvertes, & des moyens d'y former un itablissement. Paris: Durand, 1766.
2 volumes bound in one, 4o (254 x 200 mm). 7 engraved folding maps in vol. 2 (map 6 with short marginal tear). Contemporary panelled calf, spine gilt (spine a bit rubbed). Provenance: Aalborg Skole (early inkstamp on title).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS "EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND THOROUGH COLLECTION OF VOYAGES" (Hill). A fine copy with the supplementary leaves 437*-450* in vol. I ("Sur les découvertes des Hollantois dans l'Australasie") which are not present in all copies. 2 leaves of errata are at end of vol. I and one leaf of errata is at the end of vol. II. Hill notes that this is one of the outstanding works relating to the early history of Australasia. "It contains an account of all voyages, beginning with the second expedition of Vespucci in 1502 and ending in 1747, in which navigators touched upon the supposed southern continent of Magellaniea, which is now represented by Australia and some scattered islands in the Antarctic regions." Hill, pp.34-5; Sabin 8388; Spence 190. (2)
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