A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 11


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 11th volume of the original London edition, which includes narratives of travel by Europeans to the Asiatic islands, Oceania, and Australasia. Among the most significant accounts are abstracts of the voyages of Captain James Cook in 1768‒79; writings by William Dampier (1652‒1715), a pioneer of scientific exploration who traveled to the Philippines and to New Holland (Australia); and the narrative of Antonio Pigafetta (circa 1480 or 1490/91‒circa 1534), who accompanied Ferdinand Magellan on his voyage around the world that began in 1519. Pigafetta’s account describes present-day Sri Lanka, Singapore, the Moluccas, and the Philippines.

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