Folio, extracted leaves bound in three-quarter brown calf over marbled boards, morocco label lettered in gilt on front cover, all edges stained red. Fine.
The leaves (complete in themselves) contain the text of Columbus's narrative and a preface by his son (vol II, 501-628), and were originally part of CHURCHILL, AWNSHAM, and JOHN: A Collection of Voyages and Travels some now first Printed from Original Manuscripts, others Translated out of Foreign Languages, and now first Publish'd in English. To which are added some few that have formerly appear'd in English, but do now for their Excellency and Scarceness deserve to be Re-printed. Including Nieuhoff, Smith, La Peyrere, Thomas James, Backhoff, Columbus, Del Techo, Ten Rhyne, Pelham, Gemelli Careri, etc. With a general Preface; giving an Account of the Progress of Navigation, from its first beginning to the Perfection is is now in ..
First published in 1704 and then reprinted in six volumes, London, 1732. This work is a very valuable collection both for its range and for the fact that it gives the original accounts. It well lives up to the claims made for it by its editors. Our volume is the key extract from the overall work, being as it is the greatest highspot in the history of exploration, and narrated in the words of the famous explorer's own son. [Cox, A Reference Guide to Travel Literature p.10].