Single issue of the Universal Magazine Of Knowledge and Pleasure. DAMPIER, PHILLIP.
Single issue of the Universal Magazine Of Knowledge and Pleasure.
Single issue of the Universal Magazine Of Knowledge and Pleasure.
Single issue of the Universal Magazine Of Knowledge and Pleasure.
Single issue of the Universal Magazine Of Knowledge and Pleasure.

Single issue of the Universal Magazine Of Knowledge and Pleasure.

London: December, 1789.

Complete issue of this magazine in remarkable original condition, stitch-sewn as issued; in the original printed blue wrappers.

The popular fascination with Botany Bay in 1789

Rare issue of this important 1789 journal, with evidence of the renewed interest in Australia and the Pacific, most notably the fine portrait engraving of William Dampier, but also with notice of Governor Phillip and Omai.

Rare issue of this important 1789 journal, with evidence of the renewed interest in Australia and the Pacific, most notably the fine portrait engraving of William Dampier, but also with notice of Governor Phillip and Omai.
The issue begins with "Memoirs of the Life and Voyages of Captain William Dampier", with a fine engraving after the famous portrait of Dampier holding his book, originally painted from life by Thomas Murray. It is probable that this popular version of the portrait, confirmed in the text to have been done by Cook, is in some sense a copy of the 1787 engraving issued by Charles Sherwin (see the National Portrait Gallery in London), but published portraits of Dampier are certainly uncommon. An accompanying short biography is printed over 7 pages (but was so long it had to be concluded in the supplement volume for the year, not present here).
This issue also includes a one-page "Anecdotes of Arthur Phillip" taken directly from his voyage account (which was an exactly contemporary publication, officially announced in the press on 3 December 1789), and giving a not inappropriate overview of his life. The "anecdotes" are immediately succeeded in the text by a one-page "Sequel to the Adventures of Omai", printing the account of Omai after his return to Tahiti on Cook's third voyage, also taken from Phillip's account: the book included sections from several different authors, and the Omai notice derived from the return voyage of the First Fleet ship Lady Penrhyn, which sailed for Port Jackson to China via Tahiti, having been thwarted in the original plan of visiting the northwest coast of America.
Although copies of early magazines such as this one are not unknown for sale, it is most unusual to see one in such fine unsophisticated original condition. It was recently discovered in the library of "The Hermitage", a Georgian house in Northumberland, a private family home that had been all but boarded up for decades, and was described in the press as a "time capsule" when the contents came up for sale.

Price (AUD): $925.00  other currencies     Ref: #4311671

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