Paris. 1774. Four volumes. iv,xvi,,xxxii,388pp. plus sixteen folding maps and plates; ,536pp. plus sixteen maps and plates (mostly folding); ,394pp. plus seventeen maps and plates (mostly folding); viii,367pp. plus three maps and plates (two folding). Quarto. Modern half mottled calf and marbled boards, spines gilt, leather labels. Some scattered foxing and tanning. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM15266
The first French edition, after the original English edition of the previous year. Hawkesworth was commissioned by the Admiralty to edit this collection of voyages, which includes Cook's first voyage, to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus across the sun, determine the distance between the sun and the earth, and continue Byron's explorations. During this voyage Cook visited Tahiti and made the necessary calculations, named and charted the Society Islands, explored and surveyed New Zealand, and charted the eastern coast of Australia, naming it New South Wales, finally returning to England in 1771. Other narratives are of Byron's voyage to the Gilbert and Tuamoto Islands, Wallace's discovery of Tahiti and Moorea, and Carteret's discovery of Pitcairn Island after his separation from Capt. Wallis in a storm. The handsome plates depict the natives, landscapes and seascapes, and the maps show the routes of the ships and areas charted. An early and important compilation. This French edition is not listed in Hill. Sabin calls for only 361 pages in the fourth volume and states that the French editions "should be accompanied by an Atlas entitled: Cartes et Figures A PARIS, CHEZ SAILLANT ET NYON,... M.DCC.LXXIV. 4to." The NUC makes no mention of an atlas, but the set cited there is imperfect, lacking the third volume. SABIN 30940.