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Imaginary voyage to Australia

Voyage de Robertson, aux Terres Australes, traduit sur le manuscrit anglois.
Amsterdam, 1767. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. [4], 474 pp.
€ 1,250
Rare first edition (second issue) of a utopian novel, allegedly translated from an English manuscript left by a Captain Robertson, who had sailed with Francis Drake in 1585 in the Elizabeth. The protagonist discovers an exemplary people living on an unknown Australian island. This sets the stage for a long praise in the spirit of Rousseau of the political and social institutions, based on natural law and humanism, of these kind, happy and wealthy Australians, as against the primitive and barbarous institutions of the brutal, unhappy and poor Europeans.
Front board with some wormholes, but otherwise in very good condition. Davidson, pp. 43-44; Gove, p. 355; Kroepelien 1330; STCN (2 copies).
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