A New Discovery of Terra Incognita Australis, or the Southern World. By James Sadeur, a French-man. Who Being Cast there by a Shipwrack [sic], lived 35 years in that Country. Australia, Gabriel de Foigny.
A New Discovery of Terra Incognita Australis, or the Southern World. By James Sadeur, a French-man. Who Being Cast there by a Shipwrack [sic], lived 35 years in that Country
A New Discovery of Terra Incognita Australis, or the Southern World. By James Sadeur, a French-man. Who Being Cast there by a Shipwrack [sic], lived 35 years in that Country

The First Appearance of the Words "Australia" and "Australians" in Print

A New Discovery of Terra Incognita Australis, or the Southern World. By James Sadeur, a French-man. Who Being Cast there by a Shipwrack [sic], lived 35 years in that Country.

London: for John Dunton, 1693.

First edition in English. [10], 88, 97-186, [6] pp. Ad leaves in the rear. 12mo. The First Appearance of the Words "Australia" and "Australians" in Print. Period calf, rebacked. Early inscription on the front endpaper "Sale at King's Jan. 1806 2.6 3/6" Wing F1395; ESTC R20648; Friedrich p. 16ff; Spate p. 83; Davidson, A Book Collector's Notes, pp. 41-42. Item #319626

The rare first English edition of the most famous of all the fictitious accounts of Australia.

This amusing and entertaining imaginary voyage of Jacques Sadeur to the Congo and thence to 'Australia' recounts his multiple shipwrecks and being dropped on the western shores of Australia after being saved by a winged creature. He gives an imaginative description of 'Australian' laws and customs, the region's hermaphroditic culture (Sadeur being an hermaphrodite himself), the natural history, mineral resources, religion and language. The book ends with a highly fanciful description of Madagascar.

First published in French in 1676, the author Foigny was a defrocked and exiled Franciscan and the work was banned by the Church. Of particular note is that John Dunton, the translator and publisher of the present first Engish edition, anglicises the name "Terre Australe" into Australia, and the inhabitants into Australians -- the first such usage of the words in print.

The first edition in English is very rare, with only a handful of institutional holdings in Great Britain, North America and Australia.

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