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 Customes, Religion, Government, Trade, &c.
(7 5/16â€ x 4 1/2â€, 186mm x 114mm).Vol. I: A-Mm8 Nn4 [$4; â€“A1]. 284 leaves, pp. , I II-VI, 1-384 387-550,  [=xvi, 54
by Dampier, William
London: Printed for James Knapton, 1703. Vol. I: fifth edition corrected, 1703; vol. II: third edition, 1705; vol. III: second edition, 1709.. (7 5/16” x 4 1/2”, 186mm x 114mm).Vol. I: A-Mm8 Nn4 [$4; –A1]. 284 leaves, pp. , I II-VI, 1-384 387-550,  [=xvi, 548, 4]. Three engraved folding maps, one engraved map. Collated perfect with British Library copy (303.h.22). Vol. II: A4 B-M8 N4 Aa-Hh8 Ii4 Aaa-Ggg8 [A]4 [a]4 [B]4 [b]4 [C]4 [c]4 [D]4 [d]4 [E]4 [e]2 [$4; –Ii3; Ddd3 mis-signed as “Dd3”]. 258 leaves, pp. , 1-184, 21-132, , 31-112, . Four engraved folding maps. The third and fourth maps (before 31 [Aaa1]) are reversed; otherwise collated perfect with British Library copy (303.h.23). Title: Voyages and Descriptions Vol. II. In Three Parts, viz. 1. A Supplement of the Voyage round the World, describing the Countries of Tonquin, Achin, Malacca, &c. their Product, Inhabitants, Manners, Trade, Policy, &c. 2. Two Voyages to Campeachy; with a Description of the Coasts, Product, Inhabitants, Logwood-Cutting, Trade, &c. of Jucatan, Campeachy, New-Spain, &c. 3. A Discourse of Trade-Winds, Breezes, Storms, Seasons of the Year, Tides and Currents of the Torrid Zone throughout the World: With an Account of Natal in Africk, its Product, Negro’s, &c. Vol. III: A8 a4 B-M8 2A-O8 [$4; –A1, 2A1; H4 mis-signed as “G4”]. 212 leaves, pp. , 1-162, , , 21-198, . Two engraved folding maps, thirty-one engraved plates (14 in part I, 17 in part II). British Library copy (303.h.24(1) and (2)) has plates of part I out of order; the present item is correct; else collated perfect. Part I title: A Voyage to New-Holland, &c. In the Year 1699. Wherein are described, The Canary-Islands, the Isles of Mayo and St Jago. The Bay of All-Saints, with the Forts and Town of Bahia in Brasil. Cape Salvadore. The Winds on the Brasilian Coast. Abrohlo Shoals. A Table of all the Variations observ’d in this Voyage. Occurrences near the Cape of Good-Hope. The Course to New-Holland. Shark’s Bay. The Isles and Coast, &c. of New-Holland. Their Inhabitants, Manners, Customs, Trade, &c. Their Harbours, Soil, Beasts, Birds, Fish, &c. Trees, Plants, Fruits, &c. Illustrated with several Maps and Draughts: Also divers Birds, Fishes and Plants, not found in this part of the World, Curiously Ingraven on Copper-Plates. Part II title: A Continuation of a Voyage to New-Holland, &c. In the Year 1699. Wherein are described, The Islands Timor and Anabao. Copand and Laphao Bays. The Islands Omba, Fetter, Bande and Bird. A Description of the Coast of New-Guinea. The Islands Pulo Sabuda, Cockle, King William’s, Providence, Garret Dennis, Ant. Cane’s and St. John’s. Also a new Passage between N. Guinea and Nova Britannia. The Islands Ceram, Bonao, Bouro, and several Islands before unknown. The Coast of Java, and Streights of Sunda. Author’s Arrival at Batavia, Cape of Good Hope, St. Helens, I. Ascension, &c. Their Inhabitahts [sic], Customs, Trade, &c. Harbours, Soil, Birds, Fish, &c. Trees, Plants, Fruits, &c. Illustrated with Maps and Draughts: Also divers Birds, Fishes, &c. not found in this part of the World, Ingraven on Eighteen Copper-Plates. Hardcover. Near fine. Three volumes 1703, 1705, 1709. Bound in contemporary (?) sprinkled calf with double gilt fillet border and gilt floral corner-ornaments. Re-backed to style, likely in the third quarter of the XIXc. On the spine, five raised bands with gilt floral roll. Gilt leaf border and fillet all along the length of the spine. In the panels, gilt leaf border and fillet top-and-bottom with gilt corner ornaments, tulips left-and-right, eight annulets and a central floral ornament. Title in second panel gilt over red, number same in fourth panel. Top edge of text-block dark-stained. Fore and lower edges speckled red. Re-backed and some fore-corners restored, but all to style and very subtly, likely before 1882. Fore-edges somewhat nicked, and some chips to upper and lower edges. Some worming to the upper edge of the front cover of vol. III. Spine of vol. I superficially cracked, but lightly. Paper more-or-less tanned, though the engravings are remarkable bright and fresh. The initial pages of vol. II are most tanned, with some chips to first free end-paper. Bindings tight and square. Ownership signature of “George Spencer/ Duke of Marlborough/ his book Feby 24, 1779” with a large curlicued underline on first free end-paper of vol. I. Shelf-mark, likely from Blenheim, to the first and third volumes’ front paste-down (R.10.8 and R.10.10). Armorial bookplate attesting to the books’ sale from the Sunderland Library, Blenheim Palace, to Bernard Quaritch in April, 1882 (specifically, Thursday 20 April) on the front paste-down of vol. I. Armorial bookplate of Wharton on first free end-paper of all three volumes. William Dampier, buccaneer and captain in the Royal Navy (later discharged), was the first man to circumnavigate the globe three times, and was the first Englishman to land on New Holland – present-day Australia. The first edition of the first volume of the present set was published in 1697, and so gripped the nation as to be charged with a Navy ship’s captaincy for further voyages. This occasioned the publication of a second volume in 1699, partly an addendum to the first and partly an account of a new voyage and some synthetic analysis. The third volume was published in 1703, after Dampier’s 1699 voyage destined for New Holland. It is thus quite common to find mixed editions of the set. The influence of the work cannot be overstated. It contains the first natural historical observations on (and illustrations of) the species of Australia, and these helped to shape Darwin’s theories of evolution by natural selection. Its analysis of global currents and winds informed the explorers that succeeded him. Its Nachleben is equally literary: Dampier is mentioned by name in Gulliver’s Travels (and it seems quite clear that the Yahoos are taken from his description of the Hottentots); Alexander Selkirk, who was a likely model for Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, was a crew-member on Dampier’s 1703 voyage; and Simon Hatley, who shot an albatross as a sailor aboard another of Dampier’s voyages, is immortalized in Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It is difficult to ascertain which Wharton’s bookplate is found in the volumes, and whether he was the owner before or after the Duke of Marlborough, in whose library it remained from 1779-1882. If before, it belongs to Thomas Wharton, M.D. of Old Park Hall, County Durham (†1714, son of Thomas Wharton, M.D., who was instrumental in ending the 1666 plague of London). The shape of the shield with its characteristic “ears” as well as the style of the engraving does point to an eighteenth-century date. If after, it belongs to a descendant of Thomas Wharton, Henry Wharton of Highfield, Canterbury, New Zealand (b. 1844), who will perhaps have bought it at the Quaritch sale of 1885-6 (see below). It would seem that the placement of the bookplate in vol. I respects the placement of the Duke’s signature, whereas the other two bookplates are centered on the page. The strong association of the work with the Antipodes would have made it attractive to the New Zealander. Perhaps most remarkable about the copy is the full and florid signature of George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739-1817) along with the date. The stature of Marlborough need hardly be rehearsed. Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal non-episcopal palace in England; just outside of Oxford, it is magnificent, and its library, called Sunderland after one of the secondary titles of the Duke (usually used as a courtesy title by the heir apparent: the Earldom of Sunderland), was once one of the greatest in England. The fifth Duke, George Spencer-Churchill, was a noted bibliophile. Yet by the time of the seventh Duke (grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill), the finances of the estate were precarious, and he sold off pictures, furniture and books – including the present volumes – to reverse his fortunes, which only came with the marriage of his grandson, the ninth Duke, to the heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Bibliotheca Sunderlandiana 3663; ESTC T144260 (Vol. I), T132188 (Vol. II), T34014 (Vol. III, pt. 1), N67414 (Vol. III, pt. 2); Catalogue of books on the History, Geography, and of the Philology of America, Australasia, Asia, Africa… London: Bernard Quaritch, 1886, no. 28677 (£3. 15s). (Hill 417-421 for other editions; NB. Hill notes that Dampier opposed the 1729 4-vol. collected works, since it contained material that he did not write – thus calling into question its characterization by others as the “best” edition). Antiquarian
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