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Dalrymple, Alexander

Published by Nico Israel / Da Capo Press, Amsterdam and New York (1967)

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About this Item: Nico Israel / Da Capo Press, Amsterdam and New York, 1967. Hard Cover. First Edition. bound in simulated vellum with title on blue background in gilt on front cover. No dust jacket as issued. In very good + condition. Two volumes in one.xxx, 11, 24,202;124,20pp + 60pp. Complete with 4 folding maps and 11 plates. Very small tear to frontispiece map and similar to second map.Very small split in top corner of spine. No inscriptions. Seller Inventory # 002376

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DALRYMPLE Alexander

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From: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA (London, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: 1771. Vol. I. Being chiefly a Literal Translation from the Spanish Writers. [Volume II. Containing the Dutch Voyages.] First edition (second issue of Vol. I as usual). 2 vols. in 1. 4 folding maps & 12 plates (mostly folding). 4to. Contemporary calf, rebacked. xxx, [2], 24, 24, 204, [4]; [iv], 124, 20, [58]pp. London, 1770 & With the neat ownership signature of the noted geographer James Rennell (1742-1830) to the upper margin of the title page, and his book plate on the front pastedown. The Historical Collection is a work of far reaching importance; its author was the leading English hydrographer of his day, a man of great dedication and prolific output. Passionately involved in the argument over the possible existence of a southern continent, Dalrymple partially translates here some twelve accounts which support his belief in its existence. Dalrymple had wanted command of the official South Seas Expedition sent in 1768. He was much aggrieved not to have been given the appointment, feeling that his preeminence as a hydrographical scholar should have outweighed his relative inexperience of nautical command. Understandably the Admiralty thought otherwise, and Lieut. James Cook was given his chance. A much embittered man, Dalrymple immersed himself in the research which finally led to the publication of this book, which was issued before the return of Cook's expedition. Hill, p.389; Sabin, 18338; Hocken, p7. Seller Inventory # 193256

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An Historical Collection of the several Voyages: DALRYMPLE, Alexander

DALRYMPLE, Alexander

Published by Printed for the author, London (1771)

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From: Hordern House Rare Books (Surry Hills, NSW, Australia)

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About this Item: Printed for the author, London, 1771. Two volumes bound as one, quarto, with 16 engraved maps and plates (mostly folding), including the additional plate of "Teepye lobsters" which does not appear in Dalrymple's list; contemporary tree calf, green morocco spine label; a very good tall copy. First edition: Dalrymple's famous collection of Spanish and Dutch voyages to the Southern Ocean, a foundation book for any voyage library. Passionately involved in the argument over the possible existence of a southern continent, Dalrymple here partially translates some twelve original accounts which support his belief in its existence. The various Spanish and Dutch accounts, beginning with Magellan's voyage of 1519, include many of interest to northern Australia, including those of Mendana, Quiros and Tasman. The book encompasses the state of voyaging and discovery in the Pacific in 1770, and was published at approximately the time of the return of Cook's first voyage, in the Endeavour. It thus neatly encapsulates the story of maritime discovery right up to the point when Cook would change it all. This was more than just a coincidence of timing: much of Dalrymple's work had been done in the expectation that he would himself have the command of the Endeavour voyage to observe the transit of Venus, but partly because of his insistence on being given an Admiralty commission, the command went to Cook instead. Dalrymple (1737-1808), the great hydrographer, first made his career in the East India Company. His personality was certainly not well suited to command: quarrelsome and arrogant, he was quick to take offence and his disappointment at missing out on the command is hinted at in the remarkable "undedications" of this work: to Byron 'who discovered scarcely anything but Patagonians' and to Wallis, the discoverer of Tahiti, who 'infatuated with female blandishments forgot for what he went abroad and hastened back to amuse the European world with stories of enchantments?'.'Dalrymple was the first critical editor of discoveries in Australasia and Polynesia? An avid mercantilist, [he] theorized that the unexploited lands of the South Pacific would serve to augment England's expanding trade' (Hill catalogue). The book's publication effectively announced the dawn of the golden age of Pacific exploration. The Spanish accounts gathered by Dalrymple include Mendana's voyage to the Solomon Islands in 1595, and that of De Quiros in 1606. The Dutch accounts include those of Le Maire, Schouten, Tasman and Roggewein. Dalrymple's long introduction on trade and his 'investigation of what may be farther expected in the South Sea' expound his belief in the existence of a "Great Southern Continent", a theory firmly laid to rest when Cook later sailed right over it.This is an excellent copy of the book. Collations given by bookdealers and bibliographers sometimes vary, particularly regarding the engravings, and are not helped by Dalrymple's eccentric list of plates in his Introduction; this copy is exactly as we have seen the book several times before. Dalrymple lists fifteen plates, all of which are present in this copy along with an additional plate of "Teepye lobsters" which does not appear in Dalrymple's list. Provenance: Private collection (Australia). "Teepye lobsters" plate bound upside-down; the binding very well rebacked; sides a little sunned. Seller Inventory # 4504318

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