London. 1777. Two volumes. xviii,,602,; ,607pp., including Errata leaf, plus large folding map. Quarto. Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked, preserving original gilt leather spine labels, corners renewed, raised bands. Minor shelf wear, one contemporary and one modern bookplate on pastedowns, insitutional bookplates on verso of titlepages. Minor occasional foxing, some penciled marginalia and underlining to text. Very good. Item #WRCAM54751
Forster's important account of Cook's second voyage, and an essential component of the record of that great expedition. Forster and his father, John Reinhold, served as official botanists during the expedition. When the Admiralty decided to prevent the elder Forster from contributing to the official report, George produced his own publication, preceding the official account by several weeks. The Admiralty commissioned Cook to undertake his second voyage in the wake of the great success of the first expedition. The purpose of the second voyage was to circumnavigate the globe as far to the south as possible, searching for any southern land masses previously unknown. Cook proved that "Terra Australis," which was supposed to lie between South America and New Zealand, was nonexistent; but the party became the first to traverse the Antarctic Circle, and discovered and rediscovered islands in the Pacific. "For all the controversy A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD is an interesting and important account that complements the official one with facts and astute observations on the human side of the voyage" - Rosove. Davidson describes this account as "an important work and a necessary supplement to the official account." HILL 625. BEDDIE 1247. HOLMES 23. SABIN 25130. SPENCE 464. DAVIDSON, pp.61-62. ROSOVE ANTARCTIC 132.