Dampier's Voyages

Dampier – Voyages and Descriptions. Vol II


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[002033] Dampier, Captain William. Voyages and Descriptions. Vol II. In Three Parts. London: James Knapton. 1699. First Edition. 8vo. Original Boards. Good. [8], 184pp; 132pp, 112pp, [76], four folding maps, original boards.

Boards detached, lacking back strip, title lightly browned and slightly rubbed, loss to fore-edge margin of title not affecting text, minor browning to page edges, a few pages with loss to fore-edge margin, again not affecting text, some light soiling to text, with light damp staining to several corners, first and second map with light marginal stain, third and fourth with brown stain, generally quite bright and clean, with the advertisement leaves to rear.

The first part is ‘a supplement of the Voyage round the world, describing the countreys of Tonquin, Achin, Malacca etc.’, the second part ‘Two voyages to Campeachy; with a description of the coasts, product, inhabitants, logwood-cutting, trade etc of Jucatan, Campeachy, New-Spain etc’ and part three is ‘A discourse of trade-winds, breezes, storms, seasons of the year, tides and currents of the torrid zone throughout the world; with an account of Natal in Africk, its product, Negro’s etc’.

Hill notes that “Dampier’s [first] book was so well-received that the British Admiralty gave him a commission as captain in the Royal Navy and command of the Roebuck to conduct surveys of New Holland (Australia). Shortly after the Roebuck sailed in January 1699, Dampier’s second book [this one] appeared” (Hill, The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, page 145).

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