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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 801 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels.

869.  Chiliduga sive res Chilenses.  Opera Bern.  Havestad.  Munster, 1777-79. 8vo.—­Natural history, the character of the inhabitants, their music and language are here treated of in a superior manner.

870.  Molina’s Geographical, Natural, and Civil History of Chili, 1809. 2 vols. 8vo.—­An excellent work, which fulfils what the title promises.

POLYNESIA.

871.  An Historical Collection of the several Voyages and Discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean.  By Alex.  Dalrymple. 1770. 2 vols. 4to.

872.  Captain James Burney’s Chronological History of the Voyages and Discoveries in the South Seas. 5 vols. 4to. 1803-16.—­Both these works are by men well qualified by science, learning, research, and devotedness to their object, to perform well what they undertook on any subject connected with geography and discovery.

873.  Keate’s Account of the Pelew Islands. 1788. 4to.

874.  A Missionary Voyage to the South Pacific Ocean.  By Captain Wilson. 1799. 4to.—­Otaheite is the principal subject of this work.

875.  Mariner’s Account of the Tonga Islands in the South Pacific. 1817. 2 vols. 8vo.—­This is a very full, accurate, and interesting picture of the manners and character of a singular people, drawn from long and attentive observation on the spot.

AUSTRALASIA.

876.  Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes.  Par le President de Brosses.  Paris, 1756. 2 vols. 4to—­This work is more highly prized on the continent than with us:  it certainly is not equal to some of our histories of voyages either in judgment, accuracy of information, or extensive views.

877.  Relation de deux Voyages dans les Mers Australes et des Indes. 1771-73.  Par M. de Kerguelen.  Paris, 1781. 8vo.

878.  Voyage a la Nouvelle Guinee.  Par Sonnerat.  Paris, 1776. 4to.—­Natural history, and especially zoology and ornithology.

879.  Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes. 1800-4.  Par Peron. 2 vols. 4to.  Paris, 1811.

880.  Captain Th.  Forrest’s Voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas, 1774-6.  Dublin, 1779. 4to.—­This work supplies what is wanting in Sonneret’s, as it is full on the physical and moral character of the inhabitants, and on their language, mode of life, and trade.

881.  Governor Phillips’s Voyage to Botany Bay. 1789. 4to.

882.  Collins’ Account of the English Colony in New South Wales. 1801. 2 vols. 4to.

883.  Wentworth’s Statistical, Historical, and Political Description of New South Wales, and Van Dieman’s Land. 1819. 8vo.

884.  Oxley’s Journey of Two Expeditions into the Interior of New South Wales. 1820. 4to.—­These British colonies are improving so rapidly that no description can long be full and accurate.  Mr. Wentworth’s work is, we believe, as good an account as we have; and Mr. Oxley’s is interesting from giving an authentic description of the interior of this singular country.  A perusal and comparison of the best works that have been published regarding it from the date of that of Collins to the present time, would exhibit a rapidity of improvement, of which there are few examples.

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