JOHN PINKERTON (COMPILER)
A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World; many of which are now first translated into English. Digested on a new plan. By John Pinkerton. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme and Cadell & Davies, 1808-1814. 17 volumes, 4° (264 x 212mm.). 197 engraved plates (1 folding), 2 maps (1 folding). (Some spotting, occasionally heavy, 1 map shaved into image area.) Contemporary diced russia gilt (neatly rebacked to style in calf gilt, corners neatly repaired).
Pacific-Union Club, San Francisco (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION. 'This collection is of great value for its texts, which are sometimes given entire and sometimes abridged, with as much as possible of the traveler's own language. Volume 17 contains a retrospect of the origin and progress of discovery by sea and land, an extensive catalogue of books of the voyages and travels, and a general index... Among the accounts included in this work, several relate to the Pacific, including those of Pigafetta, Beeckman, Stavorinus, Tasman, Dampier, Careri, Cook, Péron, Betagh, La Condamine, and Nieuhof' (Hill). Hill p.236; Spence 912. (17)