London, T.Woodward, 1744-48, Second and best edition, Folio, Contemporary blind-stamped reversed calf, licence leaf, titles in red and black, 22 engraved maps (15 double-page or folding) and 39 portraits, plates and plans.
THE BEST EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COLLECTION OF EARLY VOYAGES
This is the second and best edition. Harris’ first edition of 1705 is here greatly enlarged, with the inclusion of new maps by Emanuel Bowen & Thomas Kitchen. Includes an account of the voyage of Tasman with the first English map of the Southern Continent showing the coast of Australia from Carpentaria and West to Van Diemans Land copied from Tasman’s original map, with the addition of two short articles printed on the map. The first discusses Quiros and his discoveries
The second puts forward the possibilities of Australia as a colony “whoever perfectly discovers and settles it will become infallibly possessed of territories as rich as fruitful and as capable of improvement as any that have hitherto been found..” and also suggests that as it enjoys the same latitudes as South Africa, Madagascar, Peru and Chile, where gold and silver are to be found, there is no reason why Australia should not contain these minerals.
This ne work also describes the the voyages of Quiros for the discovery of a Southern Continent, Dampier’s New Holland Voyage, voyage and shipwreck of Pelsaert on the coast of New Holland, circumnavigation of Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, van Noort, Spilbergen, Schouten, Cowley, Funnell, Woods Rogers, Clipperton, Shelvocke, Anson, Roggewein’s expedition to Easter Islands, Bering’s expedition and a portrait of Sir Francis Drake.
Hill 775; Sabin 30483