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    John Harris. Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. Or, a Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels... London: Printed for T. Woodward, A. Ward et al., 1744. Second edition; preferred edition with the first separate map of Australia. Two folio volumes. [2, royal decree], [2, title leaf], [4, dedication], [4, preface], xvi, [4, contents], 984; [2, title leaf], [2, preface], [6, contents], 1056, [21, index], [1, illustrations] pages. Sixty engraved plates and maps, of which fifteen are double-page (four of which are folding). Lacking the plate opposite p. 584. Modern half morocco over marbled boards, five raised bands and black labels lettered in gilt on spines. Ex-library with blindstamps and rubber stamps of State University of Iowa Library on frontispieces and title pages. Boards slightly bowed, spines a bit color-faded. Text blocks cockled, edges and outer margins of dampstained with occasional mildew spots affecting pages and plates, some thumbprints on outer margins; sporadic ink and pencil annotations and marks, a touch of foxing here and there; several open and closed tears of varying lengths, most of which are repaired or restored, some text affected; most extensive tear on patent leaf in Volume I, cellophane and paper tape repair on recto along entire length of sheet. Generally a good set, nicely bound. Hill (2004) 775; Sabin 30482; ESTC N10532; OCLC 2045780.

    More Information: "This is a revised and enlarged version of the 1705 first edition of John Harris's 'compleat collection of voyages and travels.' The second edition, especially prized for its maps, has been called the most complete by several authorities. Particularly valuable is the inclusion of a printing of Tasman's original map and two short articles printed on the map. One discusses Quirรณs voyage, while the other speculates about the possibility of the of the Australian continent being colonized..." (Hill 775).

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