A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 2


A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World is a 17-volume compilation of travel narratives assembled by the Scottish historian and poet John Pinkerton (1758‒1826), first published in Great Britain in 1808‒14. A contemporary and acquaintance of the historian Edward Gibbon and the novelist Sir Walter Scott, Pinkerton wrote books on Scottish history and poetry, numismatics, and other topics, as well as his own plays and poems. Many of the narratives were newly translated into English from French, German, Dutch, Latin, Italian, Spanish, and other European languages. Each volume is illustrated with plates. A six-volume American edition of Pinkerton’s collection of voyages was published in Philadelphia in 1810‒12. Shown here is the second volume of the original London edition, which includes narratives of travel by Europeans to the British Isles, particularly to the north and west of England, Wales, the Isle of Wight, the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Man. Most of the authors are British and their accounts were generally written in the 18th century. The non-British authors include Don Manoel Gonzales, a Portuguese merchant who writes of his voyage to Britain in 1730‒31, and Johann Jakob Ferber (1743‒90), a Swedish mineralogist whose descriptions of the fossils and geological history of Derbyshire are perhaps somewhat surprising in a book of travel literature.

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