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CALLANDER, John.

Terra Australis cognita:

or, voyages to the Terra Australis, or Southern Hemisphere, during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth Centuries. Containing an Account of the Manners of the People, and the Productions of the Countries, hitherto found in the Southern Latitudes; th

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98309
Edinburgh, A. Donaldson, 1766
£8,500

Callander's proposal for the settlement of Australia was derived from de Brosse's Histoire des navigations aux Terres Australes but is very critical of French intentions in the southern hemisphere. It contains accounts of forty-one voyages, including those made by Magellan, Drake, Quiros, Tasman and Dampier. As Quiros had advocated a Spanish settlement in his time, Callander now stressed the importance of British settlement to pre-empt the French.

The map of the Australian continent 'is of great interest particularly when compared with the Tasman map of 1644. Although Van Diemen's Land is still shown as part of the mainland, New Zealand and New Guinea are already known to be separate lands and in fact the outline of Australia is complete except for the eastern coast, yet to be charted by Cook' (Davidson).

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Description

First edition. 3 vols, 8vo, 3 folding maps, contemporary tree calf gilt, red morocco labels, yellow edges, tear to margin of final leaf vol. I, touching a couple of letters of text, else an excellent set.

Bibliography

Davidson p35; Hill p367; Hocken pp5-7; JCB 1494; Sabin 10053.

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