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A compendium of authentic and entertaining voyages digested in a chronological series.

Author [Smollett, Tobias, ed.]
Title A compendium of authentic and entertaining voyages digested in a chronological series.
Imprint London: R. and J. Dodsley,
Date of Publication 1756.
Language English
Notes This seven-volume anthology of travel writing was partially edited by the Scottish author Tobias Smollett. In 1753 he was contracted, for the considerable sum of 150, to complete the work by the following year. Smollett was at the time working on a wide range of literary projects in his roles of translator, editor and critic; he was also living an expensive and hectic social life in London. It is perhaps little wonder that he later admitted that his overall contribution to the work was actually very limited. The seven volumes consist of edited accounts of the trade and military expeditions of major European explorers and adventurers such as Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Francis Drake and Cortes. They contain several plates, including portraits and illustrations of exotic places and peoples, such as cannibals in the Caribbean, as well as 20 maps. A second edition appeared in 1766. This particular set of volumes belonged to the library of the Phelip[p]s family of Montacute House near Yeovil in Somerset.
Shelfmark AB.1.210.014-020
Reference Sources Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Acquired on 07/05/10
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