A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill. COOK: FIRST VOYAGE, Sydney PARKINSON.
A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill...
A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill...
A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill...
A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill...
A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill...

A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas…
A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill...

London: C. Dilly and J. Phillips, 1784.

Quarto, second enlarged edition, with a frontispiece portrait, two maps (one double-page), and 26 engraved plates with fine hand-colouring and with the uncoloured plates bound in duplicate; notably wide margins, contemporary binding of diced russia gilt, rebacked; Fothergill's Explanatory remarks bound separately in modern calf, the two housed in a cloth slipcase; bookplate of an early owner.

A highly unusual coloured Parkinson with the plates in two states

Best edition, and this a unique example, of one of the most significant of the Cook narratives: the artist's account of Cook's first voyage and the discovery of the east coast of Australia. The very rare special issue with its engraved plates coloured by hand is a famous and desirable rarity. This most unusual copy has all the plates present in both states, the rare coloured form alongside the more regular black-and-white printings. Only this second edition appeared in a coloured issue, and the second is also the best and most complete version of the book.

Best edition, and this a unique example, of one of the most significant of the Cook narratives: the artist's account of Cook's first voyage and the discovery of the east coast of Australia. The very rare special issue with its engraved plates coloured by hand is a famous and desirable rarity. This most unusual copy has all the plates present in both states, the rare coloured form alongside the more regular black-and-white printings. Only this second edition appeared in a coloured issue, and the second is also the best and most complete version of the book.
Material new in this edition also includes a two-page preface by John Lettsom, a lengthy (about 140 pages) extension of the text, a new double-hemisphere world map, an additional résumé of the voyages of Byron, Wallis, Carteret and Bougainville, as well as the summary of Cook's second and third voyages. This second edition of Parkinson is thus one of the earliest volumes to collect information on all three of Cook's voyages. The extra "Explanatory Remarks" and "Postscript" by Fothergill, comprising 22 pages, are in this copy bound separately in an accompanying volume.
The catalogue of the Kroepelien collection gives the best explanation of this second edition, noting that while it is commonly said to have been edited by Fothergill, the title-page clearly refers to him as 'the late John Fothergill' (he died in 1780). It appears rather to have been John Coakley Lettsom, who signed the preface, who prepared the edition. The edition is based on the original sheets of the first edition that remained unsold, enhanced with a new preface and a thorough history of Cook's explorations on all three of his voyages, making this an attractive and greatly expanded edition. Some copies of the second edition had another world map added (not present in this copy, nor in one of the other coloured copies that we have handled). It is also worth noting that the separate pagination of the 22-page reply to Banks by Fothergill leads the Kroepelien catalogue to speculate that this was earlier issued as a separate pamphlet and collected here.
Only a handful of copies of this coloured version can have been published as the vast majority of copies seen are of the regular uncoloured version. Only about four hundred copies were published of the entire second edition of Parkinson's book.

Provenance: Armorial bookplate, with crest showing open dexter hand paleways, charged with an eye ppr. (motto "credunt quod vident"), associated by several libraries with the Earl of Minto and the Elliot family; private collection (Sydney).

Beddie, 714; Du Rietz, 945; Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 82; Sabin, 58788.

Price (AUD): $55,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #4503971

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