SIR JOHN NARBOROUGH (1640-1688), AND OTHERS
An Account of Several Late Voyages & Discoveries to the South and North. Towards the Streights of Magellan, the South Seas, the vast Tracts of Land beyond Hollandia Nova, &c. Also towards Nova Zembla, Greenland or Spitsberg, Groynland or Engrondland, &c. By Sir John Narborough, Captain Jasmen Tasman, Captain John Wood, and Frederick Marten of Hamburgh. To which are Annexed a Large Introduction and Supplement giving an Account of other Navigations to those Regions of the Globe. London: Samuel Smith and Benjamin Walford, 1694. 8° (190 x 110mm.). Title in red and black. 2 folding engraved maps, 19 engraved plates (7 folding). Contemporary panelled calf, spine gilt (spine lacking lettering-piece and chipped at head and foot, joints weak), contained within modern brown morocco-backed cloth slip-case, 'spine' gilt.
Robert Byerley (Gouldesborough, Yorkshire, armorial bookplate dated 1702, early annotations).
FIRST EDITION. A good copy of a work that is of 'the greatest importance to an Australian collection, as it contains one of the earliest accounts of Abel Janszoon Tasman's famous voyage of 1642 from Batavia, in which he discovered Tasmania and New Zealand and visited Tonga and Fiji' (Hill). Hill also notes that the work is of 'particular interest because of its description of Narborough's passage in the Batchelour through the Strait of Magellan and into the South Pacific to Chile, which was much read by later navigators. John Bulkeley and John Cummins with the Wager survivors used this work for their navigation of the passage'. The editor (probably Sir Tancred Robinson), in a lengthy and useful introduction, records in outline a number of the early voyages, gives an resumé of the journeys covered in the work and ends with a plea for the English to embark on a programme of scientific exploration of the globe. ''Tis to be lamented, that the English nation have not sent with their Navigators, some skilful Painters, Naturalists, and Mechanists, under publick Stipends and Encouragement as the Dutch and French have done... much to their Honour as well as Advantage'. Hill,p.1; Wing N-154.