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DALRYMPLE, Alexander.

A Collection of Voyages chiefly in the Southern Atlantick Ocean.

Published from original M.S.S.

Stock Code
98336
London, printed for the Author, sold by J. Nourse, Bookseller in Ordinary to His Majesty [and others], 1775
£14,000

The extra chart, by Jefferys, is A Chart of the Ocean between South America & Africa. With the Tracks of Dr Edmund Halley in 1700 and Monf.r Lozier Bouvet in 1738. Halley and Bouvert outlined tracks in the South Pacific outlining a possible Southern Continent, the potential presence of which greatly concerned Dalrymple.

The volume contains in its preface Dalrymple's appeal to Lord North to allow him official approval to make a voyage of discovery in the South Atlantic to investigate the reports of Halley, Bouvet, La Roche, and Leon, and to search for and establish a colony at Halley's Cape Circumcision. There is a most interesting section which contains a surprisingly modern constitution for the new colony 1. '...there shall be a Tax of Batchelors or Maidens possessing lands and houses ... which shall go the maintenance of orphans...'; 2. 'No coin but Copper Money as in China and

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Description

First (only) edition. 4to, [iv], 20, [ii], 22, 88, 16, 16, 14pp., half-title, contents leaf, 3 engraved maps, 2 folding, extra-illustrated with a large folding chart of the Atlantic on thicker paper, contemporary sprinkled calf gilt, red morocco label, half-title browned, joints rubbed, some browning towards the end, 2 leaves (in the Extrait) with paper repairs to lower margin not affecting text, a very good copy.

Bibliography

Cook A45; Sabin 18336.

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