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ments there, and account of the island; warlike fleets set out by queen Elizabeth against the Spaniards, the duke of Medina's för invasion of England, squadron of the galeons of Portugal; the expedition to Portugal by sir John Norris and sir Francis Drake, supposed to be writ by colonel Antony Wingfield; expedition to Cadiz, and the success against the Spanish ships, and in taking the town; the earl of Essex his fruitless expedition to the Azores, the conclusion of the work. The fifth volume is a theological and geographical history of the world, consisting of the description, and an account of the religions of all nations. This author, like Hackluyt, as was observed at first, has thrown in all that came to hand to fill up so many volumes, and is excessive full of his own notions, and of mean quibbling and playing upon words; yet for such as can make choice of the best the collection is very valuable.

A voyage to Surat in the year 1689, giving a large account of that city, its inhabitants and factory of English, describing Madeira, Santiago, Annoboa, Cablanda, Malamba, S. Helena, Bomba, Mascate, Mycate, the Cape of Good Hope, and island of Ascension, the revolution of Golconda, description of Aracan and Pegu, an account of the coins of India and Persia, and observations concerning silk-worms. By J. Ovington, 8'. London, 1696. This account was by a person well qualified to make such observations.

Travels and voyages into Asia, Afric, and America, performed by Mons. John Morquet, keeper of the cabinet of rarities to the king of France in the Tuileries, in six books with cuts. Translated from the French by Nathaniel Pullen, gent., 8°. London, 1696. For so many travels the relation is too short, however there are things in it worth observing.

A new voyage to the East Indies, in the years 1690 and 1691, with a description of several islands, and of all the forts and garrisons in those parts, now in possession of the French, the customs, &c. of the Indians, by Mons. du Quisne. It has also a description of the Canaries, and of Senega and Gambia on the coast of Afric, with several cuts, and a map of the Indies, and another of the Canaries. Made English from the Paris edition, 12o. London, 1696. Of the French factories in those parts we have no such account; and few better for the bulk, of all other places the author undertakes to speak of.

The voyages and travels of sir John Mandevil, knt. showing the way to the Holy Land and Jerusalem, to the Great Cham, Prester John, India, and other countries, 4o. London, 1696. It is needless to say much of this book, as being so universally allowed to be fabulous.

Two journeys to Jerusalem : the first an account of the travels of two English pilgrims, and accidents that befell them in their journey to Jerusalem, Grand Cairo, Alexandria, &c. The second of 14 Englishmen in 1669, with the antiquities, monuments, and memorable places mentioned in scripture; there are also ancient and modern remarks of the Jewish nation, the description of the Holy Land, captivities of the Jews, what became of the ten tribes, &c. Here is very much promised, but the performance scarce answers, the volume being too small, and looks more like a collection out of some real travels, than any true pilgrimage performed.

Travels through Germany, Bohemia, Swisserland, Holland, and other parts of Europe, describing the most considerable cities and palaces of princes; with historical relations, and critical observations upon ancient medals and inscriptions, by Charles Patin, M. D. of the faculty of Paris, made English and illustrated with copper cuts, 8vo. London, 169. For those who are curious in medals this piece will be most acceptable, yet this does not lessen the value of the descriptions and other relations.

A new discovery of a vast country in America extending above 4000 miles between New France and New Mexico, with a description of rivers, lakes, plants, and animals, manners, customs, and languages of the Indians, &c. by L. Hennepin ; to which are added new discoveries in North America, and not published in the French edition, 8vo. The promise is very great, but there is little or rather no proof of such a vast extent of land which no man has yet seen, and is all framed upon conjectures, or what is as groundless, idle relations of Indians; the other parts have more in them, yet only what is collections out of better authors.

A late voyage to S. Kilda, the remotest of all the Hebrides or western isles of Scotland; with a history of the island, natural, moral, and topographical, containing an account of the people's religion and customs, of the fish, fowl, &c. As also of a late impostor there, pretending to be sent by St. John Baptist. By M. Martin, gent., 8vo. London, 1698. We have here the only history and account of this island that ever perhaps appeared in any language; and being such, its reputation ought to hold good, till any better can appear to lessen it.

The history of the buccaniers of America, 8vo.

A new account of East India and Persia, in eight letters, being nine years' travels, containing observations of the moral, natural, and artificial state of those countries, as the government, religion, laws, customs, soil, season, diseases, animals, vegetables, manufactures, trade, weights and measures, in the principal places there. By John Fryer, M. D. with maps and tables, London, 1698.

A voyage to the East Indies, giving an account of the isles of Madagascar and Mascarenhas, of Surat, the coast of Malabar, Goa, Gomron, Ormuz, and the coast of Brasil, &c. and of the religion, customs, trade, &c. of the inhabitants, also a treatise of distempers peculiar to the Eastern countries. There is annexed an abstract of Mons. Reneford's bistory of the East Indies, with his proposals for improvement of the East India Company; written originally in French, by Mons. Dellon, M. D. 8vo. London, 1698. This work has been well received both in French and English.

A new voyage and description of the isthmus of America, giving an account of the author's abode there, the form of the country, coasts, hills, rivers, wood, soil, weather, &c. trees, fruit, beasts, birds, fish, &c. the Indian inhabitants, their features, complexion, manners, customs, employments, marriages, feasts

, hunting, computation, language, &c. with remarkable occurrences on the South Sea and other places, by Lionel Wafer, with cuts, 8vo. London, 1698. A work that has been well re ceived by the public.

A new account of North America, as it was lately presented to the French king; containing a more particular account of that vast country, and of the manners and customs of the inhabitants, than has been hitherto published, 8vo. London, 1698. We have here a French account of those countries, but more particularly what belongs to them, more exact than any other has delivered.

The new Atlas, or travels and voyages in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, &c. 8vo. London, 1699. A little volume, which seems rather some collections out of books and travels, than any

real voyage.

An account of a voyage from Archangel in Russia, in the year 1697, of the ship and company wintering near the north cape, in the latitude of 71 degrees: their manner of living, and what they suffered by the extreme cold; also remarkable ob servations of the climate, country, and inhabitants; with a chart describing the place where they lay, land in view, soundings, &c. By Thomas Allison, commander of the ship. This is the latest relation we have of any such northerly wintering, and well worth comparing with such others as write of those northern parts.

A relation of two several voyages made into the East Indies, by Christopher Fryke, surgeon, and Christopher Scwartzer, particularly describing those countries that are under the Dutch, 8vo. London, 1699. There is nothing extraordinary in them.

An account of a Dutch embassy to the emperor of China, writ by one of the ambassador's retinue, fol. It is a translation from the Dutch original, and contains a description of the country, and all places they passed through, with 200 cuts drawn upon the spot; it treats also of the government of China, and manners of the people.

The description of the island of Ceylon, by captain Knox. He lived 19 years upon the island, being taken, and kept there all

this while by the Dutch, and had the opportunity of seeing the greatest part, and being informed of the rest by the natives. He gives a particular account of his manner of living, and accidents that befell him till he made bis escape, and then treats very fully of all things that relate to the island. The Dutch, who are masters of Ceylon, have thought this account worth translating into their language, and it has found a good reception among them, which must add to its reputation.

Travels to Dalmatia, Greece, and the Levant, by Mr. George Wheeler. He travelled with Mr. Spon, who published the same travels in French, but Mr. Wheeler remaining there behind him, has several curiosities that escaped the other, many medals and curious cuts of antiquities; so that his work seems the most complete, or at least both together confirm one another.

Terry's voyage to the East Indies, begun in the year 1615. 12°. He was chaplain to sir Thomas Roe, ambassador to the Mogol from king James the First, and gives an account of some things in that country omitted by sir Thomas in his relation; but a great part of his book is filled up with discourses of his own, very little to the purpose.

An account of several late voyages and discoveries to the south and north, containing sir John Narbrough's voyage through the straits of Magellan, to the coast of Chili, in the year 1669. capt. Wood's voyage for the discovery of the north-east passage, an. 1676. Capi. Tasman's round Terra Australis, an. 1612, and Frederick Marten's to Spitsberg and Greenland, an. 1671. With a supplement, containing observations and navigations to other northern parts; and an introduction, giving a brief account of several voyages. This collection has generally a good reputation, and seems very well to deserve it.

Collection of original voyages, published by capt. Hack, 8o. It contains Cowley's voyage round the world, which is the same with Dampier's, mentioned in the next place: capt. Sharp's voyage into the South Sea, both buccanier voyages. The third is capt. Wood's voyage through the straits of Magellan, which is the same as sir John Narbrough's, before-mentioned: and the fourth Mr. Roberts's adventures among the corsairs of the Levant; so that there is little new in them, the three first being in other collections, and the last a very indifferent piece.

Dampier's voyages, in three volumes, 8o. The first a new voyage round the world, begun an. 1697. It describes the isthn.us of America, and several of its coasts and islands, the passage by Terra del Fuego, the isle of Guam, one of the Ladrones, the Philippines, Formosa, Luconia, Celebes, the Cape of Good Hope, and island of S. Helena.

The second volume he calls a supplement to his voyage round the world, where he describes Tonquin, Achen, Malaca, &c. their product, inhabitants, manners, trade, &e. the countries of Campeche, Yucatan, New Spain in America; and discourses of trade, wind, breezes, storms, seasons, tides, currents of the torrid zone.

The third volume is his voyage to New Holland, which bas no great matter of new discovery, but gives an account of the Canary islands, some of those of Cabo Verde, and the town and port of Baya de Totos los Santos in Brasil. All the three volumes have cuts and maps.

A collection of voyages by the Dutch East India Company, being three to the north-east, two to the East Indies, and one to the straits of Magellan. Little can be said in behalf of this work, being no more than what is to be seen in several other collections. 8°.

An historical relation of the island of Ceylon, in the East Indies, &c. illustrated with cuts and a map of the island, fol. The author, who lived long in that country, gives a general de scription of it, referring the reader to the map; and then the whole natural history.

Lassel's travels through Italy, first printed in one volume 12o. then in two. He was there four times, and gives a particular and curious account of most things of note there.

Relation of the discovery of the island Madeira, 4°. This is a discovery before it was peopled, and it continued lost again for several years, and has little of certainty.

Gage's survey of the West Indies, 8°. This book has gained some reputation.

The discoveries of John Lederer in three several marches from Virginia to the west of Carolina, and other parts of the continent, begun in March, 1669, and ended in September, 1670. 4o. This is a small account of the author's, who was a German, and travelled further up the inland in that part, than any has yet done; is contained in about four sheets, published by sir William Talbot, in which there is much worth observing.

Relation of the travels and captivity of W. Davies, 4o. A small pamphlet of a few sheets.

Account of the captivity of Thomas Phelps at Machaness, in Barbary, and his escape. Another small 4o. pamphlet.

The golden coast, or description of Guinea, in which are four English voyages to Guinea. A 4. pamphlet, and has several pretty observations.

Herbert's travels into divers parts of Africa, and Asia the Great, more particularly into Persia and Indostan, fol. These travels have always deservedly had a great reputation, being the best account of those parts written by an Englishman, and not inferior to the best of foreigners. What is peculiar in them, is the excellent description of all antiquities, the curious remarks on them, and the extraordinary accidents which often occur; not

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