New Discoveries concerning the World and its Inhabitants.


New Discoveries concerning the World and its Inhabitants.
In two parts. Part I. Containing a circumstantial account of all the islands in the South-Sea, that have been lately discovered or explored; the Situation, Climate, and Soil of each; their natural Productions, including many Species of Animals and Vegetables hitherto unknown; the Persons, Dresses, extraordinary Manners and Customs, Manufactures, Buildings, Government, and Religion of the various Inhabitants; their domestic Utensils, and Weapons of War; their Ingenuity, mental Endowments, Skill in Navigation, and other Arts and Sciences. Comprehending all the Discoveries made in the several Voyages of Commodore (now Admiral) Byron; Captains Wallis, Carteret, and Cook, Related by Dr. Hawkesworth, Sydney Parkinson, Mr. Forster, and Captain Cook. Together with those of M. De Bougainville. The Whole compared with the Narratives of former celebrated Navigators, viz. Mendoza, Quiros, Tasman, Le Maire, Schouten, Dampier, Roggewein, Anson, and Others. Part II. Containing a summary account of Captain Cook’s attempts to discover a southern continent, in 1773, 1774, and 1775. Also the Voyage of the Honourable Constantine John Phipps, (now Lord Mulgrave) towards the North-Pole, in 1773. With Maps and Prints.
London, J. Johnson, 1778.

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Drawing on the discoveries made by Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Cook, and Bougainville and compared to narratives by Mendoza, Quiros, Tasman, Schouten, Dampier, and others. ‘Containing separated accounts of the various islands, including Juan Fernandez, Easter Island, the Marquesas, the Tuamoto Archipelago, Tahiti, the Tonga Islands, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Australia, and New Guinea’ (Hill).


First edition. 8vo, xviii, 408 pp., 2 engraved folding maps (of which one in 3 parts on 2 sheets), 2 engraved folding plates, contemporary tree-calf, rebacked, corners worn, occasional light browning, a very good copy.


Beddie, 9, 1220, 1297; Hill, 1219; Kroepelien, 893; Sabin, 52591.


Stock ID: 98522