London: The Hakluyt Society, 1904. 8vo. 2 volumes, set. Original blue cloth, blind-stamped and with gilt device of 'Victoria' to each front board. Map pocket at rear of volume 2. Three folding maps in pocket. Spines faded and tanned. Spine ends and corner tips slightly rubbed. Bookplate of Repton School Library to each front pastedown and library stamps to the prelims. Scattered light foxing to the gutter of each volume. Both volumes largely uncut. Very good ++. Item #6143
Numbers XIV and XV of the Second Series of Works issued by The Hakluyt Society. Sir Clements Markham was President at the time and dedicated the work to Commander Robert Falcon Scott whom he had first met as a Midshipman in the West Indies in 1887. Markham was also President of the Royal Geographical Society which co-sponsored the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-4 and it was their connection that resulted in Scott volunteering to lead that expedition. "My dear Scott, I dedicate this translation [..] to you, because the efforts and aspirations of the first navigator who ever conceived the idea of discovering the Antarctic continent cannot fail to have interest for you who have actually made such great discoveries in the Far South". Queiros (1563-1614) was a Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain and reached the islands of Vanuatu and Espiritu Santo. Scarce.
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