A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 15


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 15th volume of the original London edition, which includes narratives of travel by Europeans to Africa. Included are accounts of travels in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) by Portuguese Jesuit Father Jerónimo Lobo in 1624‒34 and French physician Charles Jacques Poncet in 1698‒1700; of William George Browne’s voyage to Darfur in 1793‒96; and of travels to the Barbary states (the Maghreb) by Lancelot Addison, John Windus, Thomas Shaw, and William Lemprière in the 17th century and 18th centuries. The one non-European narrative is by Muwaffaq al-Din ‘Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi (1162‒1231), a physician, scholar, and traveler from Baghdad, describing ancient monuments in Egypt.

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