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B[ASSAM]., R[obert].
The Second Voyage of Columbus to America. Faithfully translated from the Spanish. Price Sixpence Bound.

pp. 90. Engraved frontispiece and engraved title, on a single sheet, folded. COLLATION : Frontispiece and title tipped in before the text - A8 B8 C12 D6 E11. Original Dutch floral paper over boards, some gatherings partially uncut, the engraved frontispiece and title trimmed close at the top margin within the plate mark and thus cutting out the top border line of the former and most of the word 'THE' of the title, a tiny hole in the spine where the thread has protruded, a minimal amount of fading of the Dutch paper, a couple of lower tips of the corners turned over, in all other ways, a copy in remarkably well preserved condition.

*COPAC lists the British Library set only of the Columbus Voyages, in 3 parts [First, Second Voyages, in 2 volumes, Third and Fourth Voyages together in one volume], published by Bassam, speculatively dated for [1810?], shelf-mark I can locate a copy of the Second Voyage in the Pierpoint Morgan Library, though it is lacking three leaves. It is accessioned together with the First Voyage only and is dated [1785]. The estimated date for the BL copy would appear to be in error. I can find no other copy in a major library. ROBERT BASSAM [died 1808] - Son of Robert Bassam, coffin maker, apprenticed to Thomas Hamilton, printer. Member/Apprentice of Stationers' Company - 1768 [date of apprenticeship], 1775 [date of Freedom], established at 53 St John St, West Smithfield, LONDON (1785). Bassam published a number of childrens books in small format, and like John Newbery, had them bound in Dutch paper to enhance their visual appeal. Their small size and delicate make-up has made survival precarious and some of them, as above, are extremely rare.

Printed & Sold by Robert Bassam. No.53, St. John's Street, Westsmithfield. London.

Date Published: [c.1785]. 16mo.

Stock No. 59603

Price: 2,750.00