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OBSERVATIONS MADE DURING A VOYAGE ROUND THE - FORSTER, John Reinold. ( Johann Re - 1778. [1276368]
London G. Robinson 1778 - FIRST EDITION 1778, 4to, approximately 280 x 220 mm, 11 x 8½ inches, a folding Chart Representing the Isles of the South Seas and a folding Table which compares the various languages of the isles of the South Sea and of various nations to the east and west of it' plus a table in the text, pages: [4], iv, (2)=subscribers, iv, 9-16=Journal, [9]-649, [1] - errata, (the Journal is a brief month by month account of the voyage of the Resolution from July 1772 to July 1775). The collation is correct and all text etc is complete. Bound in full calf, rebacked, maroon gilt lettered label, extra gilt decoration to spine. Covers rubbed and corners slightly worn, slight shelf wear to edges, a couple of small scrapes to upper cover, endpapers signed by 2 members of the Hutchinson family, very small hole to inner margin of title page, neatly repaired, small piece torn from top inner margin of leaf of Subscribers and last leaf, no loss of printed area, the pages 9-16 ( A Journal) in the front of the book are slightly shorter than the other pages (these pages may not be found in all copies), 2 tiny ink spots in blank area of page 115, folding table at page 512 slightly foxed in the margins with offset onto margins of adjacent text pages, otherwise contents clean. A very good copy. "Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798) originally from Germany, was a scientific writer and translator who accompanied Cook as naturalist on his second Pacific voyage. An account is given of the countries visited in 1772-75, but for the most part this work concerns the South Sea Islands. The observations concerning the "human species" are especially interesting and give detailed information on the natives. populations, food, cannibalism, the status of women, customs, languages, and mythology. The last section presents a detailed evaluation of steps taken for the preservation of health of Mariners on long voyages, . Forster deals at considerable length with the health and diseases of the South Sea islanders. He discusses venereal disease on several pages and suggests it was endemic in the Islands." Hill, Collection of Pacific Voyages, Volume I, page 109; Bibliography of Captain James Cook, The Library of New South Wales, No. 1262; Sir M. Holmes, Captain James Cook , A Bibliographical Excursion, page 39, No.29; Cox, Travel, Volume I, page 61; Joseph Sabin, A Dictionary of Books relating to America, 25140. Sotheby's Exploration and Discovery, The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitchin, page 149, No, 298. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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