London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773. Illustrated with engraved plates and charts (some folding) all in clean and crisp condition, no tears or brown spots, with the exception of “Hawkin’s Maidenland” which is a little browned with some spotting in right margin, and “Queen Charlotte Island” bound upside down at p. 578 not 577 as called for in volume I, also lacking (as is usual in the first edition) “Chart of the Streights of Magellan” ; volume II is missing “Chart of New Zealand” at p. 281; all plates and charts in volume III are present and in fine condition.
First edition. Three volumes. , xxxvi, , [1, blank], [458, numbered 678, omitting 140-360]; [1, blank], xv, , (1)-410; ,(411) -799, [1, blank] pp. . With the bookplate of Thomas Erskine [of] Linlathen (1788-1870) in each volume. Erskine was an outstanding revisionary and constructive lay theologian in the early part of the 19th century and was, with his good friend the Reverend John Mcleod Campbell, one of Scotland's most important nineteenth century constructive theologians.
Quarto [leaf size 28.5 x 23 cm), three-quarter brown calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered spine labels in red and green morocco, all edges sprinkled, marbled endpapers. Spines a bit rubbed with slight loss of leather at top of volume I, covers slightly rubbed, some moderate water staining primarily in lower margin only affecting a few leaves in volume I, moderate waterstain about 3/4 height of first 11 leaves in inner margins of volume II, very minor waterstain upper right margin affecting 4 leaves of volume III, spine labels lacking on volume III; leaf 557/558 with small closed tear in right margin.