Paris. 1787. Three volumes. xxxii,388; ,366; ,363pp., plus sixteen engraved plates (some folding) and large engraved folding map. Uniform contemporary calf, spines gilt, leather labels. Some very minor rubbing at extremities. A fresh and especially handsome set. With the bookplate of Nils Rosen in each volume, as well as New York Horticultural Society bookplate on front fly leaf of each volume, noting Kenneth K. Mackenzie's bequest of the book. Item #WRCAM22848
The first French edition, translated from the original Swedish. Sparrman, a zoologist from the University of Uppsala, was at the Cape when Cook's second expedition arrived, and from 1772 to 1775 he accompanied that party on its famous reconnaissance of the South Pacific. He gives an account of this in the present work. Most of the book is devoted to his experiences in Africa in 1772, 1775, and 1776. An important work of natural history and South Africa material, as well as an interesting account of the Cook expedition. This edition contains a beautiful engraved map of the Cape of Good Hope and sixteen engraved plates of natural history subjects. HILL 1615 (ref).