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A JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD, IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP ENDEAVOUR, IN THE YEARS 1768, 1769, 1770, AND 1771; UNDERTAKEN IN PURSUIT OF NATURAL KNOWLEDGE, AT THE DESIRE OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY: CONTAINING ALL THE VARIOUS OCCURRENCES OF THE VOYAGE, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SEVERAL NEW DISCOVERED COUNTRIES IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE; AND ACCOUNTS OF THEIR SOIL AND PRODUCTIONS; AND OF MANY SINGULARITIES IN THE STRUCTURE, APPAREL, CUSTOMS, MANNERS, POLICY, MANUFACTURES, &c. OF THEIR INHABITANTS. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A CONCISE VOCABULARY OF THE LANGUAGE OF OTAHITEE.
London: Printed for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, in the Strand, 1771. - [2],ii,130,[3]pp. Quarto. Modern half calf and marbled boards. Expert paper repair at bottom of titlepage, slight scattered foxing. Very good, with the suppressed dedication leaf. The first published account of Cook's first voyage, and thus the first appearance of any narrative of this epochal voyage. It was issued two years before the official account by Hawkesworth. As it was printed anonymously shortly after the return of the Endeavor and without authorization, the question of authorship has plagued bibliographers for some time. Sabin is adamant in declaring that the author was not Sir Joseph Banks, nor Capt. Cook, nor Hawkesworth. Beaglehole and other Cook authorities seem to agree that the author was American sailor James Magra. Others insist on attributing the work to Richard Orton and William Parry, or to Solander and Banks. "It is the first work chronologically in a bibliography of Cook." - Hill. "The importance of this work cannot be overstated as it is not only the first published account of the voyage but it is also an interesting narrative of the expedition.[The first issue] is of the greatest rarity, and copies of the book containing the dedication are far more valuable than those without it" - Davidson. "Magra is the best voyage book" - Derek McDonnell. The dedication leaf to the Lords of the Admiralty which appears in this copy seems to indicate that the publication was officially sanctioned, which it was not. The second issue lacks the dedication leaf. An exceedingly important travel account, and extremely rare in its unsuppressed state. HILL 1066. SABIN 16242. HOLMES 3. BEDDIE 693. Davidson, A BOOK COLLECTOR'S NOTES (Melbourne, 1970), pp.53-54. STREETER SALE 2405. CBEL II:1479. BEAGLEHOLE I, pp.cclvi-cclxiv. HOCKEN, p.9. KROEPELIEN 215. O'REILLY & REITMAN 362.
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