Annals of Philosophy Volume 9

Annals of Philosophy Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...sources of his information, the authors of the descriptions which he adopts, and those of the journals which he was obliged to strain, and at times to conciliate, when they exhibited different opinions. An English navigator, to whose memory he pays a deserved homage, Capt. Flinders, has claimed the right of the first discovery relative to the south-west parts of New Holland; but in yielding this priority, which was never contested, either by Peron or himself, M. Freycinet observes justly that he could have had no knowledge of the labours of the English till after his return o France, and that the explanation of which he gives the history (and in which he took so active and honourable a part) was, notwithstanding, a labour of discovery. As to the names, it was impossible they could be the same, as there had been no communication between them. We know too well what is the custom of navigators in this respect, who often change the names imposed and published by their predecessors, which is without excuse. But Flinders and his countrymen did not do every thing; even after the French something remains fo be done. When the examination is finished, when a complete account of these regions, at present so little Itnown, shall be given, and of that difficult and dangerous navigation, then an impartial division may be made, and the names of the lands, islands, peninsulas, bays, and capes, given by those who first saw and described them, and who first fixed the longitudes and latitudes, and the true position of the coasts, may be adopted. This volume is divided into four books. The first gives the itinerary and the general plan of the work. It is not in a voyage of this kind that we are exposed to that dryness for which the author wishes to apologise...
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524861
  • 9781236524867