A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 16


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 16th volume of the original London edition, which includes narratives of travel by Europeans to Africa that date from the early 1600s to the early 1800s. Descriptions written at the start of that period are those by Andrew Battel (flourished 1589‒1614), an Englishman held captive for years by the Portuguese in Angola, and João dos Santos, a Dominican friar whose “History of Eastern Ethiopia” mostly concerns Portuguese colonization in eastern Africa. Later travel histories in the volume include “An Account of the Cape of Good Hope” by Carl Peter Thunberg (1743‒1828), a Swedish naturalist, and the narrative of Mungo Park (1771‒1806), a Scottish explorer who wrote about his journey through present-day Senegal and Mali and along the course of the Niger River.

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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. 16

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917 pages : illustrated ; 28 centimeters

Last updated: November 29, 2017