A JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH SEAS, IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP THE ENDEAVOUR: FAITHFULLY TRANSCRIBED FROM THE PAPERS OF THE LATE SYDNEY PARKINSON, DRAUGHTSMAN TO SIR JOSEPH BANKS....

London. 1784. [2],xxiii,22,212,lxxi,[213]-353,[2]pp. including errata leaf, plus frontispiece portrait, double-page map, and twenty-seven plates. Large quarto. Modern three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine tooled in blind and gilt, raised bands, leather label. Small closed tear near gutter of title page, repaired with tape. Slight chipping to edges of first and last leaves, light scattered foxing, slight offsetting from plates, dampstains to the lower corner of a few leaves. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM57579

A large-paper copy of the second and best edition of Parkinson's journal, made up partially of the reissued sheets of the first edition and partially of added material published herein for the first time.

Parkinson accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage to the South Pacific and New Zealand, as a draughtsman in the employ of the naturalist Joseph Banks. After the expedition had explored Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, all of which Parkinson depicted in numerous drawings, the ship called at Batavia on the way home. There the artist contracted fever and died, in 1771. His effects were conveyed back to England, where they were prepared for publication by his brother, Stanfield, who soon fell out with his late brother's employer, Banks. The first edition was published in 1773, after an injunction forced Stanfield to wait until the appearance of Hawkesworth's account. Some years later, the unsold sheets of the book were sold to Dr. John Fothergill. Fothergill added "explanatory remarks" to Stanfield's ill- tempered preface (in actuality the work of Dr. Kenrick), a double-sheet map of the world, a history of other important journeys, and a summary of Cook's explorations (including content on Hawaii) which almost doubled the size of the book, binding this new material with the sheets of the first section and supplying a new titlepage. By virtue of the amount and quality of its additional content, this second edition is considered the best, combining as it actually does both editions in one.

Sydney Parkinson executed the original drawings for twenty-three of the twenty-seven plate, including images depicting natives of Tierra del Fuego, Tahiti and New Zealand, scenes in Tahiti and New Zealand, native artifacts, and more. Parkinson's original artwork and these engravings made from it are one of the chief visual sources for Cook's first voyage, and one of the first views European observers had of such South Pacific scenes. Parkinson's journal also contains some of the first natural history observations published on the region. Also contains vocabularies of the "languages of Otaheite, New Zealand, new Holland, Savoo and Sumatra, of the Malayan language spoken at Batavia, called the low Malay, and the language of Anjenga on the coast of Malabar, called the high or proper Malay." Parkinson did not draw the map of New Zealand, plate 2 (by Alexander Buchan) or plates 13 and 26 (by S.H. Grimm).

A wide-margined, large paper copy of this major source for Cook's first voyage. According to Holmes, only 400 copies of this edition were printed.
HILL 1309. FORBES 82. HOLMES, CAPTAIN COOK 49. BEDDIE 714. SABIN 58787. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 7344.

Price: $20,000.00