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DALRYMPLE, Alexander.

Oriental Repertory.

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London, printed by George Bigg, 1791

Alexander Dalrymple (1737-1808), Scottish geographer and the first Hydrographer of the British Admiralty, lost out on the command of the Endeavour voyage to Capt. Cook. Despite the numerous perceived slights and rebuffs that followed, he remains one of the most significant figures in the history of voyages and discovery. A maverick scholar who wanted to be a man of action, his fate was to be a pollinator of ideas for the activities of others.

The work dates from Dalrymple's time of involvement with the East India Company. It seems from surviving records that he may have arranged for about five hundred copies to be printed, some for contributors, some for subscribers, and a large quantity for the East India Company itself; however various booksellers have mentioned a figure of only one hundred and eighty copies in the past. In any event, not all copies were distributed, as sheets remained in the

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First edition, large paper copy. 2 volumes, (32 x 24.5 cm); Volume I with 16 plates and maps (some folding), 4, 4, [2], iv, iv, iv, iv, [4], 578 pp., index; Volume II with 13 maps and plates (some folding), 2, 2, iv, 4, 4, iv, 576 pp. Together 29 plates and maps; Contents leaf in volume I only, volume II without a general title (as often) and without section titles, the title leaf A Plan for the Publication dated 1790 inserted at front of vol. ii, the fifth part (published 1808) not present here, a small old tape repair to verso of map at page 499, vol. i, old blind-stamps of the Explorers Club to first leaf each volume, finely bound in modern tree calf antique, covers with fanct gilt borders, flat spines in six compatments, red and green labels to second and fourth, others richly gilt, a very handsome set.


Vol. 1 Cook A192; Vol. 2 Cook A202.

Stock ID:94731

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