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PHILLIPS, Sir Richard.

[Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

London: for Sir Richard Phillips, and Co., 1820-1 Stock Code: 112632
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An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first Arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis Albert Necker de Saussure's Voyage en Ecosse et aux Iles Hébrides (1821). The son of a Leicestershire farmer, Phillips gained early notoriety as a distributor of revolutionary literature. He moved to London sometime after 1795 and entered the market for "cheap miscellaneous literature for popular instruction", with great success (ODNB). All the books in this volume are first editions, or abridgements of first editions published the same year, and though well-held in US institutions, are decidedly scarce in the British and Irish institutional libraries, the Kotzebue and the Letters from Parry's voyage represented by nine and three copies respectively, with five copies of each of the remaining texts. The texts are as follows:

1. Mollien, Gaspard Théodore. Travels in Africa to the Sources of the Senegal and Gambia, in 1818. Translated from the French (London: for Sir Richard Phillips, and Co., 1820).

Abridged from the first edition in English published by Henry Colburn earlier the same year. Includes three engraved plates (of four) and a map. Mollien (1796-1872) was shipwrecked en route to Senegal off the Cap Blanc, but survived and was commissioned by the colonial governor to identify the sources of the Senegal and Gambia rivers, receiving the cross of the Legion of Honour for his efforts.

2. Hallberg, Karl Maria Hubert Hallberg-Broich, Baron von. Sentimental Sketches, written during a late journey through the north of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Translated from the German (idem, 1821).

First and only edition in English, originally published in 1818. Baron Hallberg (1768-1862) was an aristocratic German eccentric and prolific traveller.

3. Anon. A Visit to Madras; being a sketch of the local and characteristic peculiarities of that presidency in the year 1811 (idem).

Includes "Letters from Africa, by Signor Travideani, or Aveiro, to Canova, the Sculptor", as issued.

First and only edition.

4. Anon. Letters Written during the late Voyage of Discovery in the Western Arctic Sea. By an officer of that expedition (idem).

First and only edition of these letters from William Parry's first voyage, published the same year as Parry's own account, by Longman; includies three engraved plates and a map. The letters describe the winter at Melville Island, the traverse of the Canadian Arctic, life aboard ship and so forth.

5. Kotzebue, Otto von. Voyage of Discovery in The South Sea, and to Behring's Straits, in search of a north-east passage; undertaken in the years 1815, 16, 17, and 18, in the ship Rurick (idem).

Part two only, of two.

Abridged from the first edition in English, published by Longman early the same year, shortly after the first, German edition; includes 2 engraved folding maps. Kotzebue, a Russian naval officer, complete three circumnavigations, charted much of the Alaskan coast and discovered several islands in the Pacific.

6. Saussure, Louis Albert Necker de. Travels in Scotland; descriptive of the state of manners, literature, and science. Translated from the French (idem).

First and only edition in English, first published in French earlier the same year. De Saussure (1786-1861) was a noted Swiss geologist and mineralogist. He spent two years studying in Edinburgh from 1808 to 1810; he retired there in 1841 and is buried at Portree, Skye.

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6 works bound in one volume, octavo (230 x 135 mm). Recent brown crushed half morocco, marbled sides, raised bands, red morocco label lettered in gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.


Together 6 engraved plates, 4 maps of which 3 folding.


Joints and tips rubbed, light spotting to to untrimmed edges as usual, very occasionally touching margins, light toning, Mollien's Travels lacking a plate and slightly foxed with heavy tide-mark to frontispiece, plates and title, Kotzebue part 2 only (of 2), otherwise good.


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