Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. Or, a compleat collection of voyages and travels. Consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers... Now carefully revised, with large additions, and continued down to the present time. John HARRIS, edited and, John CAMPBELL.
Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. Or, a compleat collection of voyages and travels. Consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers... Now carefully revised, with large additions, and continued down to the present time.
Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. Or, a compleat collection of voyages and travels. Consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers... Now carefully revised, with large additions, and continued down to the present time.

Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca…
Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. Or, a compleat collection of voyages and travels. Consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers... Now carefully revised, with large additions, and continued down to the present time.

London: T. Woodward and others, 1744-1748.

Two volumes, thick folio; titles printed in black and red, with altogether 61 engraved maps and plates (15 of them folding) by or after Emmanuel Bowen; a good copy in contemporary calf, old rebacking, spines with raised bands.

Second and best edition, first to include the important Tasman map

Second and best edition of Harris' great collection of voyages and travels, with the first appearance of Emmanuel Bowen's "Complete Map of the Southern Continent surveyed by Capt. Abel Tasman"; this is one of the earliest English maps of Australia. Of note are the two texts printed on the map, one of which discusses the voyage of Quiros while the other sings the praises of the southern continent ('Whoever perfectly discovers and settles it will become infallibly possessed of territories as rich and fruitful and as capable of improvement as any that have hitherto been found…'). Harris' great collection of travels was first published in 1705 in slighter form. For this new version it was extensively revised by John Campbell who made numerous changes and, significantly, added narratives of those new voyages - many of Australasian interest - that had been undertaken or become known since 1705. In his text Campbell encourages further voyages to the imperfectly known Southern Continent in continuation of the work of those (including Quiros, Pelsaert, Tasman and Dampier) whose narratives he published. 'He recommended an expedition to Van Diemen's Land, and a voyage to New Guinea by which means… 'all the back coast of New Holland, and New Guiney, might be thoroughly examined; and we might know as well, and as certainly, as the Dutch, how far a Colony settled there might answer our Expectations'…' (Glyndwr Williams and Alan Frost, Terre Australis to Australia).

Second and best edition of Harris' great collection of voyages and travels, with the first appearance of Emmanuel Bowen's "Complete Map of the Southern Continent surveyed by Capt. Abel Tasman"; this is one of the earliest English maps of Australia. Of note are the two texts printed on the map, one of which discusses the voyage of Quiros while the other sings the praises of the southern continent ('Whoever perfectly discovers and settles it will become infallibly possessed of territories as rich and fruitful and as capable of improvement as any that have hitherto been found…'). Harris' great collection of travels was first published in 1705 in slighter form. For this new version it was extensively revised by John Campbell who made numerous changes and, significantly, added narratives of those new voyages - many of Australasian interest - that had been undertaken or become known since 1705. In his text Campbell encourages further voyages to the imperfectly known Southern Continent in continuation of the work of those (including Quiros, Pelsaert, Tasman and Dampier) whose narratives he published. 'He recommended an expedition to Van Diemen's Land, and a voyage to New Guinea by which means… 'all the back coast of New Holland, and New Guiney, might be thoroughly examined; and we might know as well, and as certainly, as the Dutch, how far a Colony settled there might answer our Expectations'…' (Glyndwr Williams and Alan Frost, Terre Australis to Australia).

As well as the important Bowen/Tasman map of Australia the series of 22 maps published here includes two splendid world maps, a map of the Galapagos Islands accompanying a narrative of Cowley's travels, a fine map of Dampier's 1699 discoveries around northern New Guinea and the East Indies in the Roebuck. There is a wealth of material on the East Indies. The American section includes the important "New Map of Georgia, with Part of Carolina, Florida and Louisiana" (vol. II p.323), which covers from Charles Town to the Mississippi River and extends into Florida to Cape Canaveral. It was included as an accompaniment to a chapter new to this edition, "The History of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Colony of Georgia". "Besides being a spectacular image, much useful information is included, particularly the coastal settlements, Indian villages and French and English forts. A distinction is made between tribes that are friendly and hostile to the English. The trading paths and main roads are marked, many shown here for the first time. The modern relevance and historical importance of this map was demonstrated when it was used in a 1981 Supreme Court case over the location of the boundary between Georgia and South Carolina at the mouth of the Savannah River" (Donald Heald).

This is a particularly good and solid copy of a book more often seen in poor condition: its hefty size must have been responsible for the tribulations clearly experienced by some copies while others have been ransacked by the print trade.

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Clancy 6.25; Cummings 267 (the Georgia map); Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 37-8; European Americana 744/116; Hill, 775; Lada-Mocarski, 3; Landwehr, 261; Perry, p. 60 & plate 29; Sabin 30483; Schilder, 'Australia Unveiled', map 87.

Condition Report: In generally good, sound condition; marginal tears without loss in 2 engravings and 2 leaves of text; a couple of leaves spotted near the end of the second volume; bindings slightly rubbed and corners repaired.

Price (AUD): $17,500.00

US$12,836.94   Other currencies

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