A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 6


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 sixth volume of the original London edition, which includes narratives of travel by Europeans to Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. The first work, Travels Through Germany, by Baron Johann Kaspar Riesbeck (1754‒86), takes the form of a series of letters. “Travels in Denmark” by William Coxe (1747‒1828) is extracted from his Travels into Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Denmark, which was first published in 1784. Coxe’s “Travels in Norway” and “Travels in Russia,” from the same work, are also presented here. “Travels in Sweden,” by Count Alphonse Fortia de Piles (1758‒1826), is also an extract from a multi-country narrative, which dates from 1796.

Last updated: November 29, 2017