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Jefferson has added the detail that the volumes were bound in new calf, elegantly gilt.
Anders Sparrman , 1747-1820, Swedish naturalist, went to China in 1765 and acquired a curiosity concerning the natural history of other countries. In 1772 therefore he went to the Cape of Good Hope as tutor in a family, and was there when Captain Cook arrived on his second voyage round the world. Forster, the naturalist on this voyage, offered Sparrman a free passage in return for his assistance in his work. This was accepted, and an account of Cook’s second voyage is to be found in the first volume of this work. The first edition, in Swedish, was published in Stockholm in 1783, and the first translation into English in London, 1785.
Bruce’s travels 6. v. 8 vo.
1815 Catalogue, page 121, no. 157, as above.
BRUCE, James.
Travels to discover the Source of the Nile, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773. In Five Volumes. [--Select Specimens of Natural History. Collected in Travels to discover the Source of the Nile.] By James Bruce of Kinnaird, Esq. F.R.S. Dublin: Printed for P. Wogan [and others] m,dcc,xc-m,dcc,xci . [1790-91.]
Together 6 vol. 8vo., plates. No copy of this edition was available for collation.
This edition not in Lowndes, not in the Cambridge Bibl. of Eng. Lit., not in Boucher de la Richarderie, and not in Gay.
Jones, page 75.
James Bruce , 1730-1794, African traveller, was born in Kinnaird, Stirlingshire. The first edition of this book was published in Edinburgh in the same year, 1790, and is one of the greatest and most important works on travel. The Dublin edition was pirated, but preferred by Jefferson as being cheaper.
A short relation of the Nile, transl d. from the Portuguese. reprint d. Lond. 91


A great deal is yet wanting to ascertain the true geography of our country; more indeed as to its longitudes than latitudes. Towards this we have done too little for ourselves, & depended too long on the antient & inaccurate observations of other nations.
letter from Thomas Jefferson to andrew ellicott, june 24, 1812.
Oldmixon’s British empire in America. 2. vols. 8 vo
1815 Catalogue, page 125, no. 226, Oldmixon’s history of the British Islands in America, 8vo.
This book was entered by Jefferson in chap. 4, Modern History--American, where it has been described, no. 470.
Jefferson’s entry in chapter 29 is the same as that in chapter 4, and calls for the complete work.
In the 1815 Library of Congress Catalogue the entry has been changed and actually calls for the second volume only, which treats of the Islands, though there is no suggestion of this in the entry, which reads as though it were the title of a separate book.
The 1831 Library of Congress Catalogue, page 218, no. 299, repeates the entry of the 1815 Catalogue, but does not ascribe the book to the Jefferson Colleciton.
In the later catalogues, the book is ascribed to the Jefferson collection, and the entry reads as follows: The British Empire in America, 2d v. (being the Islands,) 8vo; London, 1708.
Volume IV : page 159
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