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Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross

Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe

The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison

My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse

A general collection of the best and most interesting voyages and travels in all parts of the world

by John Pinkerton


Even the plates accompanying this work have often been objects of peculiar care; many of them are from original drawings, imparted by the liberality of English voyagers and travellers: and most of the singular and beautiful views in France are selected from the Voyage Pittoresque de la France, a work which sells at eighty guineas. The Editor has even been surprised at the anxiety of the Publishers to furnish novelty in this department; and the exertions of Mr. Cook, the engraver, deserve honourable mention, both for their accuracy and beauty. The first volume presents two historical pieces on the first successful attempt of English navigators in modern times, the discovery of northern Russia by Chancelor, and the consequent commercial intercourse, which has proved of so much importance to both nations. The events of 1812 and 1813 will render these subjects still more interesting than when they were engraved in 1807- The idea of these decorations was taken from the Hisioirc Generale des Voyages; but it was afterwards thought more advisable, and more consonant to the plan of the work, to substitute real views. Some readers seem to have expected charts, which are only useful to navigators; and to answer that purpose must be executed upon the largest scale.

Where no traveller has appeared to give a good general account of a country, that country is of course omitted; this work being a collection of voyages and travels, and not a system of geography, or a compilation from detached authors. A supplemental volume, or volumes, might, in the course of years, remedy this, with some few other omissions above specified. Such deficiencies are unavoidable in a collection of this universal nature; and the supplemental volumes of the French collection amount to no less than five. The original plan proposed by the Editor must have extended to twenty volumes ; and he always suspected that the restriction of the plan to twelve, proposed by the Publishers, could not be accomplished, without the sacrifice of many essential articles, or an unadvisable disproportion in the parts allotted to the different divisions of the


globe. With some omissions, above stated, and which, with public encouragement, might easily be supplied; and with defects and errors incident to all human productions, especially of this extent, the Editor still hopes that it will be found the most complete collection of voyages and travels ever laid before the Public in any age or country. It was proposed to have prefixed an introduction, containing a short but comprehensive history of the rise and progress of discovery, from the most ancient to the most modern times; but it was found as proper, and more convenient, to reserve it as a retrospect for the last volume; in which, without forestalling the reader's curiosity, it may assist his recollection, like the summing up of a cause; and may, at the same time, enable him, after the inspection of such an assemblage of information on the various regions of the globe, to perceive, at one view, the progress that had been made, and the portions that still remain imperfect. He will also there find some observations on the improved plan, that has been adopted by most travellers, since the publication of the voyages of the immortal Cook; and which have rendered many former accounts of too little consequence, to be at all considered in a collection of this nature.





(From Hakluyt's Collection, Vol. I. p. 226.)

These interesting Voyages are introduced with a genealogy of the dukes of Moscovy, which being extraneous to the subject, and often erroneous, (hall be here omitted. But the instructions of Sebastian Cabot deserve preservation, on account of their curiosity, and the celebrity of the author, not to mention that the first English voyage of discovery deserves to be detailed with al) its circumstances; and in a plan of this extent the Gothic building may sometimes form, an agreeable variety amidst modern edifices.

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