The Life of John Ledyard, the American Traveller; comprising selections from his Journals and Correspondence. By Jared Sparks. Second Edition. LEDYARD, Jared SPARKS.
The Life of John Ledyard, the American Traveller; comprising selections from his Journals and Correspondence. By Jared Sparks. Second Edition.

The Life of John Ledyard, the American Traveller…
The Life of John Ledyard, the American Traveller; comprising selections from his Journals and Correspondence. By Jared Sparks. Second Edition.

Cambridge, MA: Hilliard and Brown, 1829.

Octavo, neat ex-library stamp; in later burgundy half morocco over marbled boards.

Uncommon edition

Second edition of this life of Ledyard, the famous sailor on Cook's third voyage and author of one of the few published accounts. Forbes notes the considerable historical significance of Ledyard's life and commends the work as 'one of the great American biographies'. This specific edition is not cited by Beddie, who records (1659-1662) editions of 1828 and 1834.

Second edition of this life of Ledyard, the famous sailor on Cook's third voyage and author of one of the few published accounts. Forbes notes the considerable historical significance of Ledyard's life and commends the work as 'one of the great American biographies'. This specific edition is not cited by Beddie, who records (1659-1662) editions of 1828 and 1834.

Ledyard was the author of one of the scarcer - if less reliable - surreptitious accounts of Cook's voyage (published Hartford, 1783). In every sense, this biography is a necessary companion to the original work and a significant addition to the Cook canon as a substantial portion of the text relates to the Cook voyage, with important original letters as well as critical comments on Ledyard's narrative found nowhere else. In his later life Ledyard travelled to Europe, Siberia and Africa, meeting with figures such as Sir Joseph Banks and Thomas Jefferson.

Shortly after his death in Egypt in 1789, his cousin, Dr Isaac Ledyard began accumulating material for a biography. His project never materialised and some years later the material was handed to the American historian Jared Sparks, editor of the North American Review and later president of Harvard University. Sparks used his considerable skill to integrate the original manuscript materials into the present engaging and compelling narrative, including additional important original letters relating to Ledyard, Cook and other officers of the Resolution.

Ferguson, 1278a; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 739; Holmes, 86 (note); O'Reilly-Reitman, 489.

Price (AUD): $685.00  other currencies Ref: #2901034

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