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JOURNAL DU SECOND VOYAGE DU CAPITAINE COOK, sur les vaisseaux La Resolution & L'Aventure; Entrepris par ordre de S. M. Britannique, dans les annees 1774 & 1775.
Amsterdam, et se trouve a Paris chez Pissot et Nyon, 1777. FIRST FRENCH EDITION OF THE FIRST FULL ACCOUNT OF COOK'S SECOND VOYAGE. 1777, translated by De Freville from the 1775 London printing. 8vo, approximately 200 x 125 mm, 8 x 5 inches, large folding engraved map at rear showing the routes of the two ships, plus an EXTRA ADDED MAP not called for in the collation, placed before the half-title "Part of the Tropical discoveries of the Resolution Sloop, Captain Cook 1774, the revised issue", taken from the Gentleman's Magazine 1776 (this map was added recently, it was not present when listed in the Parson Collection). Pages: half-title and title page, [1] xix, [1], 1-546, bound in full contemporary French mottled calf, gilt title to spine, floral gilt decoration between raised bands to spine, marbled edges and endpapers. Slight rubbing to binding, upper hinge beginning to crack but covers holding firmly, occasional pale foxing, a few pages lightly age-browned, 1 page has pin hole affecting 1 letter, easily understood, small pale brown spot to last 2 pages, short closed tear to 1 lower margin neatly repaired not affecting text, Victor Froussard's name on a small label mounted at top of half-title and his name stamped in ink. Binding tight and firm, a very good copy. John Marra's book first appeared anonymously in England in 1775. It was the first full account published of Cook's second voyage and was a first hand account as Marra was an Irish gunner on the Resolution. It contained many observations and incidents which did not appear in the official account which appeared 18 months later. It contained an account of the Adventure's time on the Tasmanian coast and It also contained the first printed account of the Antarctic based on actual observation, the Resolution having crossed the Antarctic circle at 3 points. See The Parsons Collection of Rare Pacific Voyage Books, Part 1, No. 107; Beddie, Bibliography of Captain James Cook, page 234 No 1272. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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