An Historical Collection of the Several Voyages and Discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean.

DALRYMPLE Alexander (1771.)

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Vol. I. Being chiefly a Literal Translation from the Spanish Writers. [Volume II. Containing the Dutch Voyages.] First edition (second issue of Vol. I as usual). 2 vols. in 1. 4 folding maps & 12 plates (mostly folding). 4to. Contemporary calf, rebacked. xxx, [2], 24, 24, 204, [4]; [iv], 124, 20, [58]pp. London, 1770 &

With the neat ownership signature of the noted geographer James Rennell (1742-1830) to the upper margin of the title page, and his book plate on the front pastedown.

The Historical Collection is a work of far reaching importance; its author was the leading English hydrographer of his day, a man of great dedication and prolific output. Passionately involved in the argument over the possible existence of a southern continent, Dalrymple partially translates here some twelve accounts which support his belief in its existence.

Dalrymple had wanted command of the official South Seas Expedition sent in 1768. He was much aggrieved not to have been given the appointment, feeling that his preeminence as a hydrographical scholar should have outweighed his relative inexperience of nautical command. Understandably the Admiralty thought otherwise, and Lieut. James Cook was given his chance. A much embittered man, Dalrymple immersed himself in the research which finally led to the publication of this book, which was issued before the return of Cook's expedition. Hill, p.389; Sabin, 18338; Hocken, p7.

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