The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea
by George Collingridge
Pan Books, 1982, ISBN 0330270389, photographic frontispiece/inside front cover, colour maps and illustrations, black and white maps and illustrations, paperback
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing to edges and corners, corners a little curled, no inscriptions (see photographs)
"Being the Narrative of Portuguese and Spanish Discoveries in the Australasian Regions, between the Years 1492-1606, with Descriptions of their Old Charts With an Introduction by Professor O.H.K. Spate and a Foreword by Kenneth Gordon McIntyre.
In 1895 George Collingridge published Te Discovery of Australia, the first full-length historical study to investigate early European explorations of Australia's coastline. His work is based on a series of maps known as the Dieppe maps, produced in France between 1536-66 which show a large landmass named 'Jave-la-Grande' between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and are believed to have been drawn from Portuguese originals. In 1906 Collingridge produced a revised and abridged edition. The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea. However, due to an unhappy turn of events, the book was not a success.
This facsimile edition, with a new Foreword and Introduction by two leading scholars in the field of early Australian history, is an attempt to rescue this important work, and tho give George Collingridge the recognition he deserves - as a cartographer, as a linguist, and as a pioneer in this particularly controversial aspect of Australia's history."