Sale 625 Lot 271
* COCKBURN, John Mariner. A Journey over Land, from the Gulf of Honduras to the Great South Sea…Containing…A Brief Discoverye of some Things best worth Notinge in the Travells of Nicholas Withington, a Factor in the East-Indias. London: C. Rivington, 1735[-34].
8vo (194 x 115 mm). With the rare engraved folding map. 20th-century speckled calf gilt, red and green lettering-pieces gilt.
FIRST EDITION of this "curious and authentic narrative which seemed so extraordinary as to be looked upon as little better as a romance during its own time. It is now considered a work of great significance" as a very early and excellent English account of the coastal and interior Central American Indians, and as a remarkable survival account (Hill). Cox I, p.289; II pp.248-9; Hill, pp.56-7; Sabin 14095.