1777 1st ed Captain James Cook Second Voyage Forster Antarctica Arctic Australis

FORSTER, Georg

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“Remember, the greater the opportunity, the fewer are those who see it.”

 – James Cook

 

James Cook was an 18th-century British explorer known for this three major world voyages. His second voyage, which was supported by the British government, was set out to circumnavigate the world by means of going as far south as possible. This voyage, which is significantly less reported on than his third and final voyage, took Cook to locations such as Easter Island, Tahiti, and the Arctic Circle – Cook became the first to cross the Arctic Circle. Perhaps the most important discovery from this voyage was proving that no continent existed between New Zealand and South America – a common theory amongst centuries of European navigators and historians.

 

This first edition, an unsupported and unofficial account, was written by Georg Forster, the son of an historian who published the contents of his father’s journals and notes regarding Cook. This work is notable as it was published three weeks before the first official account was released. Sabin notes:

“The author’s father was a naturalist to the expedition, and his account anticipated the official report, and forms a necessary adjunct to Capt. Cook’s voyages.”

 

According to Lowndes,

“This account of the second voyage of Capt. Cook is chiefly devoted to the description of scientific and philosophical subjects.”

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1777 1st ed Captain James Cook Second Voyage Forster Antarctica Arctic Australis

 

“Remember, the greater the opportunity, the fewer are those who see it.”

 – James Cook

 

James Cook was an 18th-century British explorer known for this three major world voyages. His second voyage, which was supported by the British government, was set out to circumnavigate the world by means of going as far south as possible. This voyage, which is significantly less reported on than his third and final voyage, took Cook to locations such as Easter Island, Tahiti, and the Arctic Circle – Cook became the first to cross the Arctic Circle. Perhaps the most important discovery from this voyage was proving that no continent existed between New Zealand and South America – a common theory amongst centuries of European navigators and historians.

 

This first edition, an unsupported and unofficial account, was written by Georg Forster, the son of an historian who published the contents of his father’s journals and notes regarding Cook. This work is notable as it was published three weeks before the first official account was released. Sabin notes:

“The author’s father was a naturalist to the expedition, and his account anticipated the official report, and forms a necessary adjunct to Capt. Cook’s voyages.”

 

According to Lowndes,

“This account of the second voyage of Capt. Cook is chiefly devoted to the description of scientific and philosophical subjects.”

 

Item number: #6500

Price: $1500

 

FORSTER, Georg

 

A voyage round the world in His Britannic Majesty’s sloop, Resolution, commanded by Capt. James Cook, during the years 1772, 3, 4, and 5

 

London: Printed for B. White …; J. Robson …; P. Elmsly …; and G. Robinson …, 1777. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; volume 1 of 2
    • xviii, [2], 602
  • References: Sabin 25130; Hill 625; Lowndes 820; ESTC T 155479
    • Hill: “This is an important and necessary addition to Cook’s voyages”
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~12in X 10in (30.5cm x 25cm)

 

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6500

Category

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

FORSTER, Georg

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete