Allgemeine historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande… Vol. XII. DAMPIER, J. J. SCHWABE.
Allgemeine historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande… Vol. XII
Allgemeine historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande… Vol. XII
Allgemeine historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande… Vol. XII
Allgemeine historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande… Vol. XII

Allgemeine historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande… Vol. XII…
Allgemeine historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande… Vol. XII

Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1754.

Quarto, with 26 maps and plates (numbered 1-25 with a plate 10 bis); contemporary calf.

Dampier for German readers

German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific.

German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific.
This single volume from a longer series is of great interest on its own account since it contains a good treatment of the early discovery of Australia, including Pelsaert's ill-fated landing on the Western coast, and a further five pages devoted solely to the discoveries of Abel Tasman in Van Diemen's Land and New Zealand. Likewise, the quest for a southern passage to the Pacific by Willem Corneliszoon Schouten is examined in great detail.
The editor clearly took great interest in the Australian landfalls of William Dampier during the late seventeenth-century, and incorporates this material in a chapter of 32 pages. It includes two plates of Australian plants collected by Dampier, originally published in his Voyage to New Holland (London 1703). Further chapters totalling some 104 pages detail Dampier's circumnavigations of 1684-1689.
This volume contains numerous maps of Australasian interest, including a chart of the South Pacific and a specific map of the Australian continent. In both maps the eastern seaboard is conjoined with New Guinea and Van Diemen's Land to form a continuous landmass, and Dutch landfalls are duly recorded. Other maps of interest include two charts of the equatorial wind currents (loosely derived from Dampier's map of the Pacific trade winds, but here updated with further information and printed across two sheets).
The last seven plates are of special interest to the history of European mercantile expansion in East Asia, and illustrate a wide range of tropical fruits and products, including pepper, betel nut, papaya, mangoes, jack-fruit, bananas and so forth.

Price (AUD): $2,700.00  other currencies     Ref: #2802581

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