BARROW (John)

Abrégé chronologique ou Histoire des découvertes faites par les Européens dans les différentes parties du monde, extrait des relations les plus exactes & des voyageurs les plus véridiques, par M. Jean Barrow, auteur du Dictionnaire géographique. Traduit de l’anglois par M. Targe.

Paris, chez Saillant, Delormel, Desaint & Pancoucke, 1766.

12 volumes 12mo, contemporary full brown calf, gilt spines with 5 raised bands, red and black morocco lettering pieces, marbled edges. Complete.

First French edition of a classic work of travel literature.

John Barrow (fl. 1735–1774) was an English mathematician, naval historian, and lexicographer. “A Chronological Abridgment or History of the Discoveries Made by Europeans in the Different Parts of the World” is his principal work and has an introduction that shows considerable knowledge of astronomical geography in relation to finding latitude and longitude by the stars.

The voyages selected by Barrow are those of Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Cabral, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Thomas Cavendish, Olivier van Noort, Joris van Spilbergen, Abel Tasman, William Dampier, Lionel Wafer, Woodes Rogers, Francisco de Ulloa, Lord Anson, Henry Ellis, and others.

The second edition of the compilation appeared in 1765 and was so successful that a French translation was published in Paris the following year.

18th-century engraved bookplate of the Marquis [Deschamps] de la Villeneuve.

A lovely set.

Ref. Sabin, 3656