A New Voyage round the World. Describing particularly, the Isthmus of America, several Coasts and Islands in the West Indies, the Isles of Cape Verd, the Passage by Terra del Fuego, the South Sea Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico; the Isle of Guam one of the Ladrones, Mindanao, and other Philippine and East-India Islands near Cambodia, China, Formosa, Luconia, Celebes, &c. New Holland, Sumatra, Nicobar Isles; the Cape of Good Hope, and Santa Hellena. Their Soil, Rivers, Harbours, Plants, Fruits, Animals, and Inhabitants. Their Customs, Religion, Government, Trade, &c… Illustrated with particular maps and draughts. William DAMPIER.

A New Voyage round the World… Illustrated with particular maps and draughts.
A New Voyage round the World. Describing particularly, the Isthmus of America, several Coasts and Islands in the West Indies, the Isles of Cape Verd, the Passage by Terra del Fuego, the South Sea Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico; the Isle of Guam one of the Ladrones, Mindanao, and other Philippine and East-India Islands near Cambodia, China, Formosa, Luconia, Celebes, &c. New Holland, Sumatra, Nicobar Isles; the Cape of Good Hope, and Santa Hellena. Their Soil, Rivers, Harbours, Plants, Fruits, Animals, and Inhabitants. Their Customs, Religion, Government, Trade, &c… Illustrated with particular maps and draughts.

London: James Knapton, 1697.

Octavo, with four large folding engraved maps and one single-page; contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked to style.

The first account of the first English landing on the Australian mainland

A very good copy of this scarce and important book: this is the second edition of this classic, corrected from the first edition of the same year. Both editions are remarkably rare on the market in anything approaching decent condition.

A very good copy of this scarce and important book: this is the second edition of this classic, corrected from the first edition of the same year. Both editions are remarkably rare on the market in anything approaching decent condition.

In 1688, "being now clear of all the Islands, we stood off South, intending to touch at New Holland, a part of Terra Australis Incognita, to see what the country would afford us…". The first deliberate English voyage to New Holland, this was one of very few classic pre-Cook voyages to the western side of the continent. Dampier became the first Englishman to set foot on the mainland, arriving at the entrance of King Sound on the northwest coast in January 1688 aboard the English pirate ship Cygnet. At the time he wrote prophetically, 'New Holland is a very large tract of Land. It is not yet determined whether it is an Island or a main Continent; but I am certain that it joyns neither to Asia, Africa, nor America…' (p. 463).

The Cygnet spent over two months moored off the west coast of Australia, and during that time Dampier made extensive contact with the local Aboriginal population, although his descriptions of them are largely derogatory. He describes the local vegetation, fauna and topography in some detail, and makes several references to the total lack of fresh water.

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Throughout his travels Dampier kept detailed journals; on his return to London the contents of the journals were edited and published as the present work, which found immediate popularity. First and second editions appeared in the same year, and over the next three decades a further five editions appeared from the publisher Knapton. The publication of Dampier's journals served an additional purpose: his diligent observations convinced the Admiralty of the credibility of this renowned buccaneer, and they later granted him the ship HMS Roebuck, to carry out a voyage of exploration to New Holland.

Widely regarded as the greatest English explorer and navigator before Cook, Dampier was also a popular and exciting writer, and his books have remained in print in one form or another since the late-seventeenth century. The catalogue of the Hill collection also describes this second edition of the classic.

Provenance: William Acton (his signature dated 1726 on the title-page).

Borba de Moraes, p. 242; European Americana, 697/50; Hill, 417; Sabin, 18374; Wing, D162.

Condition Report: The folding "Map of the East Indies" with a repaired tear reinforced from the back; endpapers renewed at time of rebacking.

Price (AUD): $9,000.00

US$6,588.00   Other currencies

Ref: #5000376

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