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OBSERVATIONS MADE DURING A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD ON PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, NATURAL HISTORY, AND ETHIC PHILOSOPHY. especially on 1.The Earth and its strata. 2.Water and the ocean. 3.The atmosphere. 4.The changes of the globe. 5.Organic bodies, and
London, G. Robinson, 1778.. 6. The Human species. FIRST EDITION 1778, 4to, approximately 275 x 210 mm, 10¾ x 8¼ inches, 2 folding tables: a Chart Representing the Isles of the South Seas and a Table which compares the various languages of the isles of the South Sea and of various nations to the east and west of it`, LACKS FOLDING MAP, pages: [4], iii, (3), iv, [9]-649, [1] - errata, signatures A-B missing (pages (9)-16) which should follow page iv of the Contents list, these pages contained a Journal, that is a brief month by month account of the voyage of the Resolution from July 1772 to July 1775. Bound in full calf, raised bands and gilt rules to spine, gilt lettered red morocco label. Upper hinge cracked at top 85 mm (3¼"), lower hinge just starting to crack at foot, 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, small piece torn from top inner corner of leaf of Subscribers, no loss of printed area, 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, lacking map as noted. "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 on the voyage, ... 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, Pacific Voyages, Volume I, page 109; Bibliography of Captian James Cook, The Library of New South Wales, No. 1262; Cox, Travel, Volume I, page 61; Joseph Sabin, A Dictionary of Books relating to America, 25140. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.
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