A New Collection of Voyages and Travels: with Historical Accounts of Discoveries and Conquests in all Parts of the World. None of them ever before Printed in English; being now first Translated from the Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch, Portuguese and other Languages.

STEVENS John editor and translator.; LAWSON John (1708-[1710].)

£55000.00  [First Edition]


1. LEONARDO Y ARGENSOLA, Bartolome Juan. The Discovery and Conquest of the Molucco and Philippine Islands, 1708. [Map and 3 plates.]

2. LAWSON, John. A New Voyage to Carolina, Containing the Exact Description and Natural History of that Country, together with the present State thereof. And a Journal of a Thousand Miles, Travel’d thro’ several Nations of Indians. Giving a particular Account of their Customs, Manners &c, 1709. [Folding map and a plate, with advert for Argensola at end.]

3. CIEZA DE LEON, Pedro. The Seventeen Years Travels... Through... Peru, 1709. [Map and 3 cuts in the text.]

4. MOUETTE, Germain. The Travels... In the Kingdoms of Fez and Morocco During his Eleven Years Captivity in those Parts, 1710. [No title to this part, map.]

5. TEIXEIRA, Pedro. The Travels...from India to Italy by Land, 1710. [No title to this part.]

6. ALMEIDA, Manuel de. The Travels of the Jesuits in Ethiopia [Attributed to Balthazar Telles], 1710. [Folding map.] 

7. CAUCHE, Francis. A Voyage to Madagascar, 1710. [No title to this work.]

First edition. 7 parts in 4 volumes. 5 plates (one folding) and 5 maps (4 folding). 4to. The Macclesfield copy in contemporary panelled calf, headcaps a trifle worn, the label of volume two (Lawson) defective and lacking the label of volume 3, but overall an entirely unrestored and unsophisticated copy. Teixiera, Mouette & Cauche with drophead titles only, those of Teixiera and Mouette beginning on quire b. [viii], 260, [8]; [vi], 258, [1]; [viii], 244, [9], 116, [4], 81, [6]; [iv], 264, [16], 77, [3]pp. London, Printed and Sold by J. Knapton,

The Stevens/Knapton collection is the rarest of the English collected voyages of the eighteenth century. Mainly because of its disparate subject matter and convenient title pages, its divison and subsequent separate sale has for many years been a tempting commercial proposition to booksellers, leaving intact sets rare on the market.

After an education in London at Gresham college, where he met many members of the Royal Society, Lawson wanted to establish himself as a man of science. He decided to voyage to America as the best place so to do, and arrived there in 1700. “Soon after arrival at Charles Town, Lawson was appointed to carry out a survey of the back country of Carolina. Leaving Charles Town... with four Indians and six Englishmen, he set out by canoe along the coast to the mouth of the Santee River. He then ascended the Santee River... crossed to the Trading Ford on the upper Yadkin River and travelled northeast to Keyawee Town (on Carraway Creek, near present Hillsborough). He then crossed the Haw River into Occaneechi country (near present Durham) and continued eastward to the Pamlico River, a journey of 600 miles accomplished in fifty-nine days” (Howgego). In the work he published, above, there is a long account of the natural history of the region “followed by a lengthy and sympathetic account of the Indians... The work ended with ‘The second charter granted by King Charles II to the proprietors’ and an abstract of the colony’s constitution” (ODNB).

The other works here translated for the first time include the voyages of the extraordinary Jewish traveller Pedro Teixera who travelled the world as an independent merchant, spending much time in Hormuz and India, but visiting the Philippines, and crossing the Pacific to Mexico, surviving shipwreck and attack by corsairs. Cieza de Leon, a conquistador turned man of letters, gives one of the best first hand accounts of the Spanish of South America in the first half of the sixteenth century. His works were not fully available in print until the nineteenth century. Argensola’s account of the East Indies is the most extensive and accurate of the early period of European involvement in the archipelago; it includes much else besides, “nor does he omit to speak of the Dutch voyages; an undertaking of Sir Francis Drake, and other English adventurers; and embellishes the whole with variety of pleasing incidents...” (Preface). The works of Mouette, Telles, and Cauche complete the collection.

Howgego, L73; Sabin, 39451; Field, 896. 

Stock Code: 228404

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