Modern Voyages: Containing a Variety of useful and entertaining Facts… Also, the latest authentic Accounts from Botany Bay… For the amusement and instruction of youth of both sexes. Reverend John ADAMS.
Modern Voyages: Containing a Variety of useful and entertaining Facts… Also, the latest authentic Accounts from Botany Bay… For the amusement and instruction of youth of both sexes.

Modern Voyages:
Modern Voyages: Containing a Variety of useful and entertaining Facts… Also, the latest authentic Accounts from Botany Bay… For the amusement and instruction of youth of both sexes.

Dublin: Chamberlaine and Rice, P. Wogan and others, 1790.

Two volumes, with both half-titles; contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt and with double red and green morocco labels.

Rare poetic epitaph for Captain Cook

A fine and attractively bound set of voyages collected and edited for the enlightenment of younger readers.

A fine and attractively bound set of voyages collected and edited for the enlightenment of younger readers.

Pacific voyagers, including Dampier, Anson, Wallis and Carteret feature heavily in the narratives, while no fewer than four chapters are devoted to the discoveries of Captain Cook. Significantly one chapter includes a plea for a public monument to Cook's memory including a rhyming epitaph of ten lines proposed by the editor Reverend John Adams, who humbly prefaces his composition with this disclaimer 'the following epitaph is laid before the public, in hopes that a perusal of it may incite some gentleman of superior genius to produce something better on the subject and more worthy of that celebrated character…'.

Of particular note given the 1790 date of publication, Adams' work also includes thirteen short entries on the newly established penal colony at Botany Bay. These short and enticing articles are edited and simplified from the official account of Governor Arthur Phillip published in London the previous year; they include descriptions of the Aborigines of Port Jackson, early attempts at agriculture and the soil and climate of the colony. Interestingly, the journal narratives of Lieutenant Watts of the convict transport Lady Penrhyn and of Captain Marshall of the Scarborough are included in simplified form. The natural history of New South Wales features in two entries, one on a peculiar shark and another on a dingo sent as a gift from Governor Phillip to Mr. Nepean in England, and now in the possession of the Marchioness of Salisbury at Hatfield House. The handsome features and ferocity of the dingo are admired though it is noted that 'it is scarcely to be expected that this elegant animal will ever become familiar.'

First published in London in 1790 by Kearsley, this Dublin imprint is of some rarity: Beddie was able to locate only one copy, in the State Library of Victoria; Forbes located just three other copies, including one in the Mitchell Library.

Beddie, 331; Ferguson, 58 (London edition); Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 180.

Price (AUD): $4,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #3810914

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