Upsala: Johan Edman, 1776. Two volumes bound in one. ,308,; ,326,pp. plus folding engraved map. Contemporary three quarter calf over marbled boards, spine stamped in blind and gilt. Edges, corners, and spine lightly worn, upper portion of spine repaired. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage. Minor small stains in corners of titlepage. Map has small tears on folds and on margins with minor loss, a few small stains and light foxing. Internally very clean, occasional extremely minor stains. A very good copy. Swedish translation of Fréville's HISTOIRE DES NOUVELLES DÉCOUVERTES FAITES DANS LA MER DU SUD EN 1767, 1768, 1769, & 1770, first published in Paris in 1774. According to Hill, the work is "an abridged French version of Dalrymple's AN HISTORICAL COLLECTION OF THE SEVERAL VOYAGES AND DISCOVERIES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN, translated and with a preface by Anne François Joachim de Fréville." Dalrymple was hydrographer to the British Admiralty, and his historical account of the Spanish and Dutch voyages in the South Pacific, first published in London in 1770-71, was designed to stimulate British commercial interest in the area and strengthen the author's claim to the existence of a southern continent. This Swedish edition, translated by Mårten Eklund with an additional appendix, has a map of the South Pacific with the tracks of Byron, Wallis, Carteret, and Cook indicated. Kroepelien notes that although the folding map is mentioned on the titlepage, "it was issued sometime after the publication of both volumes and is thus frequently missing." A scarce Swedish edition of Dalrymple's work, OCLC records three copies in the U.S. KROEPELIEN 471. BEDDIE 721. HILL 411 (1774 ed). COX II, p.300 ( 1774 ed). SABIN 25913 (1774 ed). OCLC 41702864, 19662638. (Inventory #: WRCAM36467)
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