General heads for the natural history of a country, great or small; drawn out for the use of travellers and navigators ... To which is added, other directions for navigators, etc. with particular observations of the most noted countries in the world: by another hand.
London: Printed for John Taylor . . . and S. Holford, 1692.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003595
12mo (148 x 85 mm). , 138,  pp. Advert leaf G10 bound at end. Signatures: [A]2 B-F12 G10. Contemporary calf, spine blind-ruled and gilt lettered and with two shelf mark paper stickers (old rebacking, some wear to extremities, corners heavily scuffed). Text with light browning and dust soiling mostly to outer margins, occasional minor spotting, wormhole to bottom blank margin of first 13 leaves, gathering B working loose. Provenance: Sion College Library (ink stamp to title verso). ----
RARE FIRST EDITION. Published "for the delight or profit of the curious traveller" (Preface). Boyle's account touches on 'Virginia and the Bermudas' (pp. 101-6), 'Guiana and Brasil' (106-9), and 'The Antiles, or Caribe Islands' (109-16). "There are many amusing tales which Boyle and his editor had apparently received from navigators. Pages 102-6, for example, are headed 'Enquiries for Virginia and Bermudas' in which he asks for a 'particular Account of the [well known] Spider in the Bermudas, said to be Large and Beautiful for its Colours [&c.]'. He also desires further information concerning the 'Gigantick Natives of Cheasapeak' and the particulars of that sea water 'where ships do soonest rot as in the Streights of California the Sea looks red, with innumerable Worms that are in it'." (Fulton). References: Wing B3980; Sabin 7139; Fulton 195. - Visit our website to see more images!
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