A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 17


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 17th volume of the original London edition, which differs in form and purpose from the other volumes. It opens with an essay by Pinkerton entitled a “Retrospect of the Origin and Progress of Discovery by Sea and Land, in Ancient, Modern, and the Most Recent Times.” This is followed by a “Catalogue of Books of Voyages and Travels,” an annotated travel bibliography of works in many languages. The major part of the book is devoted to an index to the full 17-volume set.

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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. 17


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255, 472 pages : illustrated ; 28 centimeters

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