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Auction 120, Lot 868

"Portlock's New Collection of Voyages and Travels", Hogg, Alexander

Subject: Exploration and Surveys

Period: 1790 (circa)


Color: Black & White

10 x 16 inches
25.4 x 40.6 cm

This appears to be the second volume of two from this rarely seen book on contemporary explorations. It includes ten sections giving the account of ten voyages, including Cook's third and final voyage, the largest part at 250 pages. Filled with engravings, views and maps: a quick count found 48, with fourteen in the Cook section alone. Each account has it's own title page and include the following (titles summarized):

Carteret's Voyage Around the World; Commodore Anson's Voyage Around the World in HMS Centurion; Drake's New, Authentic and Complete Account of a Voyage; Capt. Cook's Third and Last Voyage to the Pacific;. Travels of James Bruce into Abyssinia; William Hodges' Travels in India; Lieut. William Patterson's Travels in Africa; Monsieur Niebuhr's Travels and Occasional Voyages to Egypt and Arabia; Brissot de Warville's Travels in the United States of America in 1788; Lord McCarthney's Voyages & Travels in China; and the history and travels of Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Genoa, Venice, Rome, etc by the Lady Wallace, Dr. Moore, and C. Este. Published by Alexander Hogg.

With binding instructions and long list of subscribers' names at back. Pages start at 275 and proceed to 836. Rebound in green cloth with gilt title on black pastedown on spine. Folio, 562pp. A most uncommon issue for which we find prior sales information only on individual sections, nothing for the complete book or even a single volume.


Condition: B

Text and plates generally good with usual toning and scattered foxing. Covers with some light scuffing and shelf wear. Spine is softening, binding still very tight.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $475

Closed on 7/18/2007