An Account of Several Late Voyages and Discoveries: I. Sir John Narborough's Voyage to the South Sea… II. Captain J. Tasman's Discoveries on the Coast of the South Terra Incognita. III. Captain J. Wood's Attempt to Discover a North-East Passage to China. IV. F. Marten's Observations made in Greenland… To which are added, a large introduction and supplement, containing short abstracts of other voyages into those parts. John NARBOROUGH.
An Account of Several Late Voyages and Discoveries: I. Sir John Narborough's Voyage to the South Sea… II. Captain J. Tasman's Discoveries on the Coast of the South Terra Incognita. III. Captain J. Wood's Attempt to Discover a North-East Passage to China. IV. F. Marten's Observations made in Greenland… To which are added, a large introduction and supplement, containing short abstracts of other voyages into those parts.

An Account of Several Late Voyages and Discoveries: I. Sir John Narborough's Voyage to the South Sea… II. Captain J. Tasman's Discoveries on the Coast of the South Terra Incognita…
An Account of Several Late Voyages and Discoveries: I. Sir John Narborough's Voyage to the South Sea… II. Captain J. Tasman's Discoveries on the Coast of the South Terra Incognita. III. Captain J. Wood's Attempt to Discover a North-East Passage to China. IV. F. Marten's Observations made in Greenland… To which are added, a large introduction and supplement, containing short abstracts of other voyages into those parts.

London: R. Brown, 1711.

Octavo, folding "Chart of the western and southern oceans", folding chart of Terra del Fuego, polar map and 19 engraved views; a very good copy in contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked.

"'tis the Discovery of a new World, not yet known to the English"

Second and best edition, with the additional chart of the western and southern oceans which did not appear in the earlier edition. This compendium of early voyages includes an early account in English of Tasman's famous voyage of 1642. The book also prints the narrative of Narborough's voyage in the Batchelour through the Strait of Magellan and into the Pacific, which was widely read by later navigators including the survivors of the Wager (part of Anson's fleet), who used this account for their own navigation through the passage.

Second and best edition, with the additional chart of the western and southern oceans which did not appear in the earlier edition. This compendium of early voyages includes an early account in English of Tasman's famous voyage of 1642. The book also prints the narrative of Narborough's voyage in the Batchelour through the Strait of Magellan and into the Pacific, which was widely read by later navigators including the survivors of the Wager (part of Anson's fleet), who used this account for their own navigation through the passage.

The editor, Tancred Robinson, gives a résumé of earlier voyages, including those of De Quiros, Drake and Magellan, and makes a plea for scientific exploration of the globe, lamenting 'that the English nation have not sent with their Navigators, some skilful Painters, Naturalists, and Mechanists, under publick Stipends and Encouragement as the Dutch and French have done…'.

It is the Tasman voyage that is of the greatest interest here: one of very few contemporary printed accounts of the fundamental voyage, the book is therefore 'of the greatest importance to an Australian collection, as it contains one of the earliest accounts of Abel Janszoon Tasman's famous voyage of 1642 from Batavia, in which he discovered Tasmania and New Zealand and visited Tonga and Fiji' (Hill) as well as visiting New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The editor exclaims of Tasman's voyage: 'tis the Discovery of a new World, not yet known to the English, 'Tis probable by Abel Jansen Tasman's Navigation, that New Guinea, New Carpentaria, and New Holland, are a vast prodigious Island, which he seems to have encompass'd in his Voyage…'.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Hill, 1476; Sabin, 72186.

Condition Report: The Tierra del Fuego chart just worn a little at outer margin; otherwise fine.

Price (AUD): $7,250.00

US$5,255.97   Other currencies

Ref: #5000360

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