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A late voyage to St. Kilda, the remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland

Author Martin Martin
Title A late voyage to St. Kilda, the remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland
Imprint London: Printed for D. Brown, and T. Goodwin
Date of Publication 1698
Language English
Notes Martin Martin (d. 1718), the Scottish traveller and author, wrote the first published account of the remote Scottish island group of St. Kilda, based on his experiences during a trip to the islands made in 1697. The work was published in London the following year with some success and he would go on to publish in 1703 his celebrated 'Description of the Western Islands of Scotland'. The Advocates Library copy of the latter is believed to have been taken by James Boswell on his journey with Samuel Johnson to the Highlands and Inner Hebrides in 1773. This particular copy of 'A late voyage' has been acquired for the Library as the existing Library copy was imperfect, lacking the half title, whereas this copy is complete. It also has a noteworthy provenance. It contains the late 18th-century armorial bookplate of James Whatman, Vinters, Kent, and an inscription on the title page "J. Whatman 1800", which indicates the book was in the library of the famous paper-making family the Whatmans, either collected by James Whatman II (1741-1798) or his son James Whatman III (1777-1843).
Shelfmark RB.s.2901
Reference Sources Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Acquired on 14/03/14
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