London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill at the Black Swan in Pater-noster-Row, 1704. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good- Condition. Item #019778
Four volume set, complete. Contemporary full leather bindings with moderate wear expertly refurbished, with several hinge reinforcements, and attractive fill-in restoration to small chips to the spine extremities. The text has minor soiling and staining not related to damp-staining, and there are a few instances of minor worm-holing in the margins. Previous owner's name Geo Edw Sayer neatly inked on one front endpaper. Volume II had the front endpapers replaced, and the first 12 leaves were light-bleached and washed, with minor spotting remaining, and the final 12 leaves remain damp-stained. Though the pagination is eccentric, the text is complete. Volume I: [ii], c, [iv], 813 pages of text followed by 12 pages of index. Contains 4 engraved plates and 5 in-text engravings, many of which are maps, as well as numerous in-text woodcuts. Vol. II: viii, 838 pages, 12 pages of index. Contains 24 engraved plates, of which 6 are double page, and including a portrait, engraved title and map. Additionally illustrated with 39 in-text engravings (including maps), and in-text woodcuts. Vol. III: [xii], 901 pages of text, followed by [xvii] pages of index. Contains 12 double-page engravings (including language tables) and 54 in-text engravings including a portrait and maps, and in-text woodcuts. Vol. IV: [viii], 848 pages of text followed by [xii] pages of index. Contains 10 engraved plates, including 3 double page, one fold-out containing 3 plates, 4 large fold-outs, and including a table and a map, as well as 15 in-text engravings and in-text woodcuts. In Vol. III, page 809, there is an unprinted area in the text the size of an in-text engraving, within which in a contemporary hand is annotated "This Blank was left by a Mistake" meaning if an engraving is called for here it is lacking by a printer error. Vol. III also includes another person in the publisher statement: Printed by H.C. for Awnsham and John Churchill at the Black-Swan in Pater-noster-Row. This "very valuable collection" (Cox) is notable both for its wide range and for drawing upon original accounts. Among the dozens of accounts and reports of voyages included in the text are those of Sir Thomas Roe, Outgert Jacobson, Thomas James, Sir William Monson, Philip Baldaeus, Thomas Phillips, and Francis Gemelli Careri. Those relating to the Americas are Brawern and Herkemann's Voyage to Chili in 1642 and 1643, Capt. John Monck's Voyage in 1619 and 1620 to Hudson's Straits, John Nieuhoff's Voyages and Travels to Brazil and the East Indies, Capt. John Smith's True Travels and Adventures...from the Year 1592 to 1629, etc. Cox I, p.373; Sabin 13015. Measures 12.75" x 8.25" (325mm x 210mm). First edition.