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Auction 123, Lot 866

"The World Displayed; Or a Curious Collection of Voyages and Travels Selected and Compiled from the Writers of all Nations",

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1796 (dated)


Color: Black & White

5.3 x 8.5 inches
13.5 x 21.6 cm

Volume VIII only, written by Smart, Goldsmith & Johnson, first American edition. This volume focuses on Capt. Cook's last voyage in the Pacific. Includes the foldout A Chart of the Southern Hemisphere Shewing the Tract of Capt. Cooks Last Voyage, a finely engraved map filled with comments describing important details such as the northernmost position of the expedition before their progress was blocked by ice, and some amusing, yet less important notations pointing out the location of floating tree trunks and seaweed clusters. An additional six nicely engraved views are also featured, including The Death of Captain Cook, and several portraits of native inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands. 12mo. 464 pages, plus 34 pages of subscribers. Rebound with original covers and brown leather spine.


Condition: B+

Contents good with occasional foxing. Map has some offsetting and foxing and a short binding tear in border. Covers very good with minor bumping on corners. Spine and binding are sound.

Estimate: $180 - $250

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/20/2008