FIRST EDITION, 2 vols. bound as 1, 12mo, pp. 136, 167,  + folding map frontispiece. Modern quarter calf, marbled boards, red label to spine. A paper flaw to one leaf causing loss of three words of one footnote (while touching a few other words with no loss of sense), otherwise the pages just lightly spotted, a little dustsoiling, a handling tear to map sometime repaired with no loss and a small piece of its blank fore-corner torn away. Ownership inscription of Anna M. Turner dated 1802 to title-page.
Joachim Henrich Campe (1746-1818) helped invent the genre of 'children's literature', with his educational trilogy on the discovery of the Americas ('Entdeckung von Amerika', 1781-2) playing a major part. This is the first English translation of the middle part (the first was 'Columbus' and the last 'Pizarro'), produced by Elizabeth Helme (d. 1814), a novelist and translator from County Durham. Although printed and published in London, it is now rare in the UK, with ESTC locating just the BL copy, plus about a dozen others in the USA and Australia.