The Discovery of Australia. A Critical, Documentary and Historic Investigation Concerning the Priority of Discovery in Australasia by Europeans before the arrival of Lieut. James Cook, in the "Endeavour", in the year 1770. George COLLINGRIDGE.

The Discovery of Australia…
The Discovery of Australia. A Critical, Documentary and Historic Investigation Concerning the Priority of Discovery in Australasia by Europeans before the arrival of Lieut. James Cook, in the "Endeavour", in the year 1770.

Sydney: Hayes Brothers, 1895.

Quarto, with numerous maps (some folding), plates and text illustrations, original cloth.

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One of the best known and eccentric accounts of early European discovery, using the Dieppe maps as proof of early Portuguese mapping of all but the south coast of Australia in the early sixteenth century.

One of the best known and eccentric accounts of early European discovery, using the Dieppe maps as proof of early Portuguese mapping of all but the south coast of Australia in the early sixteenth century.

George Collingridge (1847-1931) was a remarkable amateur historian and artist who emigrated to Australia in 1879 following a turbulent life of travel and adventure, including service in the papal forces against Garibaldi. A skilled wood engraver who worked for the Illustrated Sydney News, he later settled in Hornsby to pursue his feverish interest in Australian maritime history.

Through this exhaustively researched and still impressive work he sought to prove that Portuguese mariners had discovered and mapped Australia in the sixteenth-century long before the Dutch; it was published in 1895, the same year that he settled in Hornsby and built a sandstone cottage called, of course, "Jave-la-Grande". Despite the rejection of his thesis by several of his contemporaries, Collingridge's fluency in Spanish and Portuguese, and the astonishing array of materials he examined, means that The Discovery of Australia remains an important attempt to prove a radical theory and 'it is now increasingly recognized that the cartographical core of his argument deserves more serious consideration than it received from orthodox Australian historians' (ADB). He was made knight commander of the Portuguese Order of St. James of the Sword in 1908.

Ferguson 8465.

Condition Report: Some spotting of the top edge of the text block, yet an unusually attractive copy of a book typically found in average condition.

Price (AUD): $450.00

US$333.90   Other currencies

Ref: #4401842

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