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The World Displayed, Or, A Curious Collection Of Voyages And Travels. Selected And Compiled From The Writers Of All Nations. Volume 8

Date: 1796
Dimensions:
Overall: 46 x 223 x 135 mm, 0.6 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Hordern House
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00003601
Place Manufactured:Philadelphia

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    Description
    A book titled '"The World Displayed, Or, A Curious Collection Of Voyages And Travels. Selected And Compiled From The Writers Of All Nations by Smart, Goldsmith and Johnson." Volume 8, published in 1796.
    This volume is an account of Captain James Cook's last voyage to the Pacific.



    SignificanceThis book is representative of the presentation of the great age of exploration to the public. Travel accounts served as portrayals of the 'exotic' and at times adventures to a public eager to partake in the opening up the world by men such as Captain James Cook who became heroes.
    HistoryThe 18th century was an era of immense popularity for travel writing. As the world began to open up to European exploration, accounts of newly described lands were eagerly read. "The World Displayed, Or, a Curious Collection of Voyages and Travels. Selected And Compiled from the Writers of all nations by Smart, Goldsmith and Johnson." was produced by three young entrepreneurial publishers in Philadelphia Robert Simpson, James Key and J.H Dobelbower.
    Recognising the flourishing market for travel accounts, the men published this 8 volume set by subscription and sold the set for USD $12 (approximately $220 in today's market). In the end the print run was about 1500 copies and a great success.
    This particular volume focuses on Captain James Cook's third and final voyage to the Pacific, a journey still vivid in the public's imagination as it resulted to the death of the explorer less than 20 years earlier in Hawaii.

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