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in all that came to hand to fill up fo mahy volumes, and is excef-
five full of his own notions, and of mean quibbling and playing
upon words ; yet for fuch as can make choice of the bell: the
collcclion is very valuable.

A voyage to Surat in the year 1689, giving a large accoimt
of that city, its inhabitants and factory of englifh, d<-fcribing
Madeira, Santiago, Annoboa, Cablanda, Malamba, S. Helena,
Bomba, Mafcate, Mycate, the cape of Good Hope, and ifland
of Afceniion, the revolution of Golconda, dcfcription of Aracan
and Pegu, an account of the coins of India and Perfia, and ob-
^er^'atio^s concerning filk-worms. By J. Ovington, 8^. London
1-696. This account was by a perfon well qualified to make fuch

Travels and voyages into Afia, Afric, and America, performed
bv monf. John Morquet, keeper of the cabinet of rarities to the
king of France in the Tuilleries, in fix books with cuts. Tranf-
lated from the french by Nathaniel Pullcn gent. S^. London 1696.
For fo many travels the relation is too fliort, however there are
things in it worth ohferving.

' A new voyage to the Eail-Lidies, in the years 1690 and 1691,
w'ith a defcription of feveral iflands, and of all the forts and gar-
riYons in thofe parts, now in polfeirion of- the french, the cufloms,
^c. of the indians, by monf. du Qiiifne. It has alfo a defcription
of the Canaries, and of Senega and Gambia on the coafi of Afric,
with feveral cuts and a map of the Indies, and another of the
Canaries. Made englifii from the Paris edition, 12^. London
1696. Of the french fadorics in thofe parts we have no fiicli
account.; and few- better for the bulk, of all other places the
author* undertakes to fpeak oL

'J'he voyages and travels of fir John Mandevil knt. fitowing the
way to the Holy L'.nd and Jcrufalem, to the Great Cham, PreRcr
J6hn, India, and other countries, 4^. London, 1696. It is need-
kTs to (uy much of this book, as being fo univerfally allowed to
be fabulous.

Two jonrnies to Jcrufalem, the firft an account of the travels
of tvvaehgliih pilgrims, and accidents that befel them in their
journey to Jerufalcm, Gr.wid Cairo, Alexandria, Sec The fecond



7noJl Booh of Foyages and Travels* 547

of 14 engllflimen In 1669, with the antiquities, monuments, and
mernorable places mentioned in fcripture ; there are alfo ancient
and modern remaiks of the jew-Oi nation, the dcfcription of
the Holy Land, captivities of the jews, what became of the ten
tribes, he. Here is very much promifed, but the performance
fcarce anfwcrs, the vohime being too fmall, and h)()ks more like
a colledion out of fome real travels, than any true pilgrimage

Travels through Germany, B:)hcmla, SwifTerland, Holland,
and other parts of Europe, defcribing the molt confiderable cities
and palaces of princes ; Avith hiftorical relations and critical ob-
fervations, upon ancient medals and infcriptions, by Charles
Patin, M. D. of the faculty of Paris, made englifh and illuftrated
with copper cuts, 8^. London, 169^. For thofe who are cu^
rio\is in medals this piece will be molt acceptable, yet this does
not Icffen the value of the dcfcriptions and other relations.

A new difcovery of a vaft country in America extending above
4000 miles between New France and New Mexico, with a dcf-
cription of rivers, lakes, plants, and animals, manners, cuftoms,
and languages of the indians, &c. by L. Hennepin \ to which
ar« added new difcoveries in North America, and not publilhed
in the french edition, 8^. The promife is very great, but there
is little or rather no proof of fuch a vaft extent of land, which
no man has yet feen, and is all framed upon conjedlures, or
xvhat is as groundlefs, idle relations of indians ; the other parts
have more in them, yet only what is collections out of better

A late voyage to S. Kilda, the remoteft of all the Hebrides or
weftern iflcs of Scotland \ with a hiitory of the idand natural,
moral and topographical, containing an account of the people's
religion and cultoms, of the hlli, fowl, &c. As alfo of a late
impoltor there, pretending to be fcnt by St. John Baptiit. By
M. Martin, gent. 8^. London 1698. We have here the only
hiftory and account of this illand, that ever perhaps appeared in
any language ; and being fuch, its reputation ought to hold good,
till any better can appear to Iclfcn it.

The hiitory of the bucoanicrs of America. 8^.
A new account of Eaft-India and Periia in eight letters, being
nine years travels, containing obfervations of the moral, na-
tural and artihcial ftate of thofe countries, as the go\ernment,
religion, laws, cultoms, foil, feafons, difeafes, animals, vegetables,
manufa(5tures, trade, weights and meafures, in the principal
places there. By John Fryer, M. D. with maps and tables, Lon-
don 1698.

A voyage to the Eaft- Indies, giving an account of the iflcs of
Madagafcar and Mafcarenhas, of Surat, the coaft of Malabar,
Goa, Gomron, Ormuz, and the coaft of Brnfil, ^'c. and of the
religion, cullonis, trade, <Scc. of the inhabitants, alfo a irc.itife of

N n -2 djf-

r^^ A Catalogue and Character of

diftempcrs peculiar to the eaftcrn coiintricsi There Is annexed
an abl(ra<5l of monf. Reneford's hirtory of the liaft-Indies, with
his propofals for improvcnncnt of the ead-india company ; written
originally in french, by monf. Dellon, m. d. 8°. London,
1698. This work has been well received bo.h in french and

A new voyage anddefcripiion of the iP.bmus o^ America, giving
an account of the author's abode there, the form of the country,
coalts, hills, rivers, wood, foil, weather, &c. trees, fruit,
hearts, birds, Hih, ^c. the indian inhabitant??, their features^
complexion, manners, cufloms, employments, marriages, feafls,
hunting, computation, language, &c. with remarkable oc-
currences on the South- fca and other places, by Lionel Wafer,
^vith cuts, 8'\ London 1698. A work that has been well received
\>y the public.

A new account of North-America, as it was lately prefented
to the french king ; containing a more particular account of that
vaft country, and of the manners and cuftoms of the inhabi-
tants, than has been hitherto publilhed, 8^. London, 1698. We
have here a french account of thofe countries, but more par-
ticularly what belongs to them, more exact than any other has

The new Atlas, or travels and voyages in Europe, Afia, Africa,
and America, &:c. 8^. London, 1699. A little volume, which
fbcms rather fomc collsdlions out of books and travels, than any
real voyiigc.

An acco'.mt of a voyage from Archangel in Ruflia, in the year
1697, of the fhip and company wintering near the north cape,
in the latitude of 71 degrees: their manner of living, and
what they fuffered by the extreme cold ; alio remarkable ob-
fervations of the climate, country and inhabitants; with a chart
defcribinc; the place where they lay, land in view, foundings,
^'c. By Thomas Allifon commander of the Ihlp. . This is
the latcit relation we have of any luch northerly wintering, and
■wcJl worth con^.paring with fuch others as write of thofe northern

A relation of two fcveral voyages made into the Eaft-Indies, by
Chridopher Fryke furgeon, aud Chriltopher Scwartzer, particu-
larly defcribing thole coiuttries that are under the dutch, 8 . Lon-
don, 1699. 'J here is nothing extraordinary in them.

An accotmt of a dutch embalfy to the emperor of China, writ
by or.e of the ambalfador's retinue, fol. It is a tranllation
from the dutch original, and contains a defcription of the country,
nnd all places they^'palletl ilirough, with 200 cuts drawn upon the
fpot ; it treats alio of the government of China, and manner^- of
the people.

The defcription of the iflaud of Ceylon by captain Knox. He
lived 19 ycuis upon the jliand, bcin^ taken, aud ke^ ilierc all


Vfj/l Bojh of Voyages and T'raveh, 549

this while by ihe dutch, and had the opportunity of feeing the
greateft part, and being informed of the reft by the natives. He
gives a particular account of his manner of living, and accidents
fhat befel him till he made his efcape, and then treats very fully
of all things that relate to the illand. The dutch who are matters
of Ceylon, have thought this account worth tranflating into their
language, and it has found a good reception among them, v/hich
muTt add to its reputation.

Travels to Dalmatia, Greece and the Levant, by Mr. George
Wheeler. He travelled with Mr. Spon, who publifhed the
fame travels in frcnch, but Mr. WhceUr remaining there be-
hind him, has feveral curiofuies that cfcapcd the other, many
medals and curious cuts of antiquities ; fo that his work feems
the moit complete, or at leaft both together confirm one ano-

Terry's voyage to the Eafl-Indics, bcgim in the year 1615. 12^.
He was chaplain to fir Thomas Roe, ambalfador to the mogol
from K. James the firft, and gives an account of fome things in
that country omitted by fir Thomas in his relation ; but a great
part of his book is filled up with difcourfes of his own, very little
to the purpofe.

An account of feveral late voyages and difcoveries to the fouth
and north, containing fir John Narbrough's voyage through tlie
ilraits of Magellan, tO the coaft of Chile, in the year 1669.
Capt. Woods voyage for the difcovery of the north-eaft palfage,
an. 1676. Capt. Tafman's round Terra Auflralis, an. 1642, and
Frederick Marten's to Spitibcrg and Greenlandj an. 1671. With
a fupplemcnt, containing obfervations and navigations to other
northern parts ; and an introdu6lion, giving a brief account of
feveral voyages. This colledtion has generally a gocd reputation,
and feems very well to defevve it.

CoUeclion of original voyages, publilhed by capt. Hack, 8?.
It contains Cowley's voyage round the world, which is the fame
with Dampier's mentioned in the next place: capt. i^harp's voyage
ijito the South-fea, both buccanier voyages. The third is capt.
Wood's voyage through the (baits of Magellan, which is the fune
as fir John Narbrough's before- menti oncd : and the fourth Mr.
I^oberts's adventures among the corfairs of the Levant \ fo that
there is little new in them, the three firil being in other collec-
tions, and the laft a very indifferent piece.

Dampler's voyages in three volumes, 8^. The firft a new
voyage round the world begun, an. 1697. Itdcfcribcs the illhm'us
of America, and feveral of its coalf$ and illands, the palVage by
Ti-rra del Fuego, the ifle of Guam, one of the Ladr<)nes, the
Philippines, P'ormofa, Luconia, Celebes^ the cape of Good Hope,
and illand of S. Helena.

The fccond volume he calls a fiipplement to his voyage round
the wo: Id, where he dcfcribc-s Ton4uin, Ac hen, Malaca, kc,

N n 3 their

55© A Catalogue and Charatler 9f

their produ6l, inhabitants, manner?, trade, Sec. the countries
of Campeclie, Yucatan, New Spain in America; and difccurfes
of trade, wind, breezes, itorms, fcalbns, tides, currents of ihs
torrid zone.

The third volinne is his voyage to New Holland, which h?s no
great matter of new difcovery, but givtis an account of the Ca-
nary iilands, fome of thofe of Cabo Verde, and the town and
port of Baya de Totos los Santos in Brafil. All the three volumes
have cuts and maps.

A colledion of voyages by the dutch cafl-india company, being
three to the north-eafl, two to the Eaft-Indics, and one to the
flraits of Magellan. Little can be faid in behalf of this work,
beinsj no more than what is to be feen in feveral other col-
leaions. 8«.

An hiftorical relation of the ifland of Ceylon in the Eafl- Indies,
&c. illuftrated with ciits and a map of the ifland, fol. The au-
thor who lived long in that country, gives a general dcfcriptlon
of it, referring the reader to the map; and then the whole na-
tural hiftory.

LalTel's travels through Italy, firft printed in one volume 12^.
then in two. He was there four times, and gives a particular and
curious account of mofl things of note there.

Relation of the difcovery of the ifland Madeira, 4^. This is a
difcovery before it was peopled, and it continued loft again for ie-
veral years,' and has little of certainty.

Gage's furvey of the Weft-Indies, 8^. This book has gained
fome reputation.

The difcoveries of John Lederer in three feveral marches from
Virginia to the weft of Carolina, and other parts of the con-
tinent, beg\ni in march 1669, and ended in fcptember i6yo. 4^.
■ This is a fmall account of the author's, who A\as a german, and
travelled further up the inland in that part, than any has yet done;
is contained in about four ftieets, publiihed by fir William Talbgt,
in which there is much worth oblerving.

Relation of the travels and captivity of W^ Davies, 4^. A
fmall pamphlet'of a few fhects.

Account of the captivity of Gliomas Phelps at Machanefs in
Barbary, and his efcape. Another fmall 4^. pam.phlet.

The golden coaft, or defcriptiou of (Tiiinca, in which arc four
englifh voyages to Guinea. A 4^. pamphlet and has fe\eral pretty

Herbert's travels into di\crs parts of Africa, and Afia the
Great, more particularly into Pcrlia and Indoftan, fol. Thefe
travels have ahN ays dtferv.dly iiad a great reputation, being the
bell accouit of iliofe parts written by an englilhman, and not
inferiour to the beft of foreigners. W'hat is peculiar in them,
is the excellent defcription of all antiquities, the curious remarks
on them, and the extraordinary accidents which often occur; not


rnofl Bools of l\yages amJ Travels. 551

to mention other particulars conimon in the books of all other
travellers, ^vhich Vvoiild be too tedious for this place.

Brown's travels in divers parts of Europe, fol. The author,
a doctor of phyhc, has (lioweci himfelf excellently qualihed for
a traveller by this ingenious piece, in which he has omitted no-
thing worthy the obfcrvation of fo curious a perfon, having fpent
much time in the difcovery of european rarities, and that in thofe
parts which are not the common track of travellers, who con-
tent thcmfelves with feeing France, and Italy, and the Lovv-
Coimtries \ whereas his relation is of Hungary, Servia, Bulgaria,
Macedonia, Thellaly, Auftria, Slyria, Carinthia, Carniola and
Friuli ; adding to thefe Germany, the Low-Countries, and a
great part of Italy, of all which he has compofed a work of great
ufe and benefit.

The voyages and travels of J. Albert deMandcIflo, a gentle-
man belonging to the embally fent by the duke of Ilolltcin, to
the duke of Mofcovy and king of Periia, fol. Thefe are alfo
known by the name of Olearius's travels ; the firit part, which
is of Mufcovy and Perfia, being altogether his, who was fecre-.
tary to the aforefaid embalTy : but then the following part, which,
treats of all parts of the P^aft-Indics, is folely MandelHo's, whu.
left the embalfadors and Olearius at Ifpahan, and proceeded to
view thofe remoter parts. It is needlefs to give any other character
of this work, than to inform fuch as are unacquainted with it,
that it has generally the reputation of being one of the moft ac-
compliflied books of travels now extant.

Blunt's travels to the Levant, is a very fliort account of a.
journey through Dalmatia, Sclavonia, Bofnia, Hungary, Mace-
donia, Thelfaly, Thrace, Rhcdcs and Egypt. The wliole very
concife, and without any curious obfervations, or any notable
defcriptions ; his account of the religions, aiul cuitoms of thofe
people, only a brief colle6tion of fome other travellers, the fan-
guage mean, and not all of it to be relied on, if we credit others
whi) have writ better.

A defcription of the prefent ftate of Samos, Nicaria, Patmos,
and mount Athos ; by Jof. Georgirenes, archbifhop of Samos, 8^.
This prelate relided long as archbi(hop at Samos, and faw Nica- ,
ria, as being a dependance of his diocefe ; but being wcar\- of
that fun6lion^ he retired to Patmos, where he continued fom;; .
time, and after vifited mount Athos; fo that all he delivers of thpfc
ptaces is as an eye-witnefs, and indeed the moil particu^r ac-
coiuit we have of them. The defcription is very pxact, and what
lie fays of thegreek religion may be relied on, as having fo much
reafon to know it. All that can be excepted againft, is what he
fays of the people in Nicaria, convcrfing at tour or five mil^s
diitance, which indeed is not very credib'e. The pretacethe reader
mnlt obferve is the trajillator's, not the :;uihors, which is requifite
\o be kp-own.

N n J. A v»)yagc

55? A Cataljgue and Chara.^.ef of

A voyage to Conflantinople, by mpnf. GreHt, S*'. tranflatcd into
englilh by J. Philips. This though perhaps in the relation it
may not contain much more than what may be picked out of
other travellers who have writ nf thofe parts, yet it exceeds them
in fourteen curious cuts, the exa6lnefs of which is atteflcd hy feveral
travellers that have be^n at Conftnntinoplc, and feen the places
they reprcfcnt ; befides that all the ingenious people of Paris
gave their approbation of the work,, and upon their teftimony
the king himfelf having feen the draughts, thought fit to order
the author to print it. So that we need not make any fcruple
to reckon it among the beft books of travels ; for as far as it
reaches, which is to Conflantinople, the Propontis, Hellefpont
and Dardanels, with the places adjoining, the remarks of the
religion, worfhip, government, manners, &c. of the turks, arc

A defcription of the iflands and inhabitants of Fasroe, being
17 iflands, fubjecl to the king of Denmark, in 62 deg. of north
lat. written in danifh, and tranflated into englilli, 12". The
defcription is very particular and curious, and indeed more than could
well be expedied of thofe mifcrable northern iflands; but the au-
thor was provoH; of the churches there, and had time to gather fuch
an accotait, which is fomevvhat enlarged with philofophical obfer-
^ations on whirlpools and other fecrets of nature. His chara(5^ei
of the people is very favourable, and favours more of affection
than fmcerity ; but the word part of this fmall book, is firft a
collection of fome romantic llories of the ancient inhabitants
of Fasroe ; and in the next place, what is yet worfe, a parcel
of infignificant talcs of fpcdlres and illufions of fatan, as the aU'
thor calls them.

Joffelin's two voyages to New England, 8^. In the firfl of
thefe there is little befides the fea journal and common obferva-
tions, unlefs it be an account of neceirariL\s for planters. The
fecond is a very particular defcription of all the country, its
beafls, fowl, fifh, plants and trees, the manners and cufloms of
the englifh inhabitants, the time of their fettling there, with
many other matters well worth obferving. Of the indians he
has very little or nothing. The relation is curious and faithful,
but in many places, where the author m.ak<-s his own remarks,
there are the od.l.fl uncouth cxpredions imaginable, which look
very conceited ; but that is only as to his ftyle. He concludes
with what he culls chronological obfervutions of America^
much whereof no way relates to that part of the world, and the
reft is of no great ufe, efpecially for that there arc feveral errorus
in it.

JoTelln's New England nritics, a very fmall S^, is a more par-
ticular account of the fowl, beads, filhes, ferpcnts, infe£ls, plants,
d'jnes, minerals, metals, and earth of that coujvtry, than lie has
given in his voya^jes.


mofi Boohs of Voyages and Travels, rr*

The adventures of M. T. S. an englifli merchant, taken pri-
foner by the turks of Argier, and carried into the inland country
of Afric, 12°. Containing a fhort account ot Argier in the
year 1648, of the country about it, and more particularly of
the city Tremizen, wher& the author refided three years, going
abroad with feveral parties which his madcr commanded, and
relates fome love intrigues he had with mooriih women, as alfo
very Orange metamorphores of men and other creatures turned
into flonc. The relation- is plain and without artifice. At the
end arc added directions how to turn it out at the llraits mouth
with a wefterly wind.

Wyche's relation of the river Nile, its fource and current, a
fmall 8^. This is only a tranflation of a portuguefe jefuit's ac-
count who lived in Ethiopia fome years, being the fame that is
given by F. Alvarez, and others of the fociety who lived there,
and no doubt is very authentic, as delivered by an eye-witnefs,
who was a perfon of probity. Other things relating to the uni-
corn, rhinoceros, bird of paradife, pelican and ph(jenix, he writes
upon hearfay, which dclcrve not the fame credit, particularly
when he fays that the rhinoceros has two horns, which we have
feen in England to be othcrwife ; and of the great rarity of peli-
cans, which are alfo fufficiently known. But thcfe are triiles:
he difcourfes well of the reafon ot calling the ethiopian emperor
Prcfter John, on the Red-fca, and of the palm or cocoa-tree.

Ray's travels, or his obfervations topographical, moral and
phyfiological, made in a journey through part of the Lov»'-Coun-
tries, Germany, Italy and France. He throughout it gives a
very brief, yet ingenious defcription of every town he faw ; ob-
ferves fomo particulars of the cultoms and difpofitions of the
people ; and curioully lays before us any thing that is rare in
itfelf, or not known tons: but in his account of mineral waters,
and of foreign plants, as one fo undcrilandinc^ in thofe particu-
lars, he outdoes any thing that could be expected from other tra-
vellers. \ht makes an cxcufe for the language, which lie need
not, it being well enough for plain notes of a traveller. Venice
he d. fcribcs more particularly than any other place ; but of all
univerfitics, as being him.felf a fcholar, he fays more than of
ether towns. Of France not much, as having made but a fhort
ftay there. He clofes his work with a latin catalogue of plants
he obferved abroad, v/hich either do not grow or arc very rare
in England. He has infcrted Willoughby's travels in Spain.

Thus have we run through all the books of travels of any
note now extant, latin, Italian, fpanifh, french and englifh, placing
each as near as we could in its oy/n original language; and there-
fore thofe who mifs any in 'the englilli, may look for tliem in
the other languages, where rhey will "certainly find th.-m, if
they were n(;t originally in that tongue. Wc have not m.ido
any particular catalogue of dutch, be^auf^ they are not very


554- ^ Catalogue and CharaHer 'if

many, and all of them will be found, as they were tranflatcd into
other languages. As for the charadcrs given of books^ in fome
places it is quoted where they were had ; but if fuch authority
be not quoted, it is bccaufe the books have been purpofely pc-
rufed and examined, where fuch account could not be found of
them. Laftly the reader mufl: obfervc, that in this catalogue,
there is no mention made of any of the travels contained in this
collection, which would be a needlefs repetition, they being all
mentioned and charaderifcd in the general preface.

An Account of the Books contained in this Collcclion.

THE firft volume begins with Navarette's hiflorical, political,
moral and religious account of China. The author was a domi-
nican friar fent over by his order in the year 1646, to exercife his
ccclcfiaftical function in the Philippine iflands. But there finding
no great encouragement, he ventured over into China, where he
fpent feveral years in the fervice of the chriftians he found there,
learning the chinefe language, reading their hiftories, lludymg
the points in controverfy'among the miilionaries, and thoroughly
qualifying himfelf to give a juft account of that mighty monarchy.
He wrote in fpanilh, and was never tranflated till now. 1 hole
that have read him in the original give a high commendation ot
his learning, judgment, and linceriiy ; for'in handling the parti-
culars mennoned in the title of his book, he delivers nothmg
but upon the belt grounds, as an eye witnefs, where he could
be fo, or elfe upon "the authority of chinefe hiltories, which he
fearched and very well underftood, or upon the information of
credible perfons ; ever mentioning on which of thefe the reader
is to rely for the truth of what he relates. He often quotes his
fecond volume, calling it, of controverfies, the main lubjcvSl of
it being thofc points itill in difpute among the millioners ; this
book (as we are informed) was printed, but by the intereit and
artifice of the jefuits, the edition was fcized by the inquifition
before it was publiflicd, fo that very few copies of it got abroad.

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