A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 10

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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 tenth volume of the original London edition, which includes narratives of travel by Europeans to Arabia. The most notable authors were: Carsten Niebuhr (1733‒1833), a Danish cartographer who was the sole survivor of the Danish-Arabian Expedition of 1761‒67; Sir Henry Blount (1602‒82), who traveled extensively in Egypt and Turkey; Girolamo Dandini (1554‒1634), an Italian Jesuit who in 1596 undertook a mission to the Maronites of Lebanon and continued on to Jerusalem and Cyprus; Henry Maundrell (1655‒1701), who undertook a journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem in 1697; and Richard Pococke (1704‒65), who wrote a two-volume A Description of the East that was published in 1743‒45.

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London

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A general collection of the best and most interesting voyages and travels, Vol. 10

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770 pages : illustrated ; 28 centimeters

References

  1. Elizabeth Baigent, “Pococke, Richard (1704‒1765),” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2004). http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/22432?docPos=1.
  2. “Carsten Niebuhr And The Arabian Journey,” an exhibition at The Royal Library, Denmark, in 2011. http://www.kb.dk/en/dia/udstillinger/tidligere/Niebuhr.html.
  3. Nabil Matar, “Blount, Sir Henry (1602‒1682),” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2004).

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