C1863

Descobrimento da Australia pelos Portuguezes em 1601.

Rare discourse by Richard Henry Major (1818-1891) of the discovery of Australia by the Portuguese. Soft bound brown wrapper, 24 pp, with the facsimile map of northern Australia from a manuscript chart in the British Library. Title on the front … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Descobrimento da Australia pelos Portuguezes em 1601.

Date:

C1863

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Soft bound

Paper Size: 

162mm 
x 242mm
AUTHENTICITY
Descobrimento da Australia pelos Portuguezes em 1601. - Antique Book from 1863

Genuine antique
dated:

1863

Description:

Rare discourse by Richard Henry Major (1818-1891) of the discovery of Australia by the Portuguese. Soft bound brown wrapper, 24 pp, with the facsimile map of northern Australia from a manuscript chart in the British Library. Title on the front cover differs to that on the titles page as usual; Prioridade do Descobrimento da Australia pelos Portuguezes. Major’s publication which was based on his research from the British Library’s rich collection of rare Dieppe maps, manuscripts and journals in the Hakluyt Society created ongoing interest in the subject. He was fluent in Spanish which facilitated his research.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 12201.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 982421
State Library New South Wales: Call Numbers:Q990.1/25B1
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 994 AU7 (v.5)
State Library South Australia: 994 M234
State Library Queensland: RBJ 919.4 MAJ
Northern Territory Library: 994.01 MAJO

Richard Henry Major (1818 - 1891)

Major was a geographer and British Museum' map curator from 1844 until 1880. He was appointed keeper of the newly created department of maps and charts in the British Museum in 1867. He wrote three books on the discovery of Australia; Early voyages to Terra Australia, now called Australia, 1859. Further Facts Relating To The Early Discovery Of Australia With Supplementary Observations, 1873. The Discovery Of Australia By The Portuguese In 1601, 1863. He was also the Secretary of the Hakluyt Society from 1849 until 1858.

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