This famous yet rare collection is now made available in this fine edition. A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels provides a comprehensive account of sea and land voyages, from the time of Alfred the Great in the ninth century to the famous voyages of Captain Cook at the end of the eighteenth century. The discovery of Iceland by the Norwegians, the early discovery of America by the Icelandic peoples in the year 1001, the journey of Contarini into Persia, the voyages and travels into Egypt, Syria, Arabia, Persia and India by Ludovico Verthema, the voyages of the East India Company, the discovery of Florida, the voyages to Newfoundland and Canada by Jacques Cartier, and an historical account of the early circumnavigations of the globe are among the many accounts included. The eighteen volumes cover Europe, Africa, Asia, America, Polynesia and Australia and include a detailed account of Captain Cook's voyages. Kerr includes accounts of travel and exploration not easily obtained elsewhere as well as rendering into English for the first time others previously unavailable in English. The final volume includes an important bibliography of nearly a thousand titles together with Stevenson's important Historical Sketch of the Progress of Discovery, Navigation and Commerce.