Cook, the Discoverer. Georg FORSTER.
Cook, the Discoverer.
Cook, the Discoverer.

Cook, the Discoverer…
Cook, the Discoverer.

Sydney: Hordern House and the Australian National Maritime Museum, 2007.

Quarto (248 x 212 mm), 276 pages, two illustrations, original half tan kangaroo leather.

First English version of Forster's biography of Cook

Limited edition of 1050 copies: this was the first English edition of one of the earliest and best biographies of Captain James Cook. This work includes a 106-page exact facsimile of the rare original German printing of 1787, followed by a newly-commissioned 116-page English translation.

Limited edition of 1050 copies: this was the first English edition of one of the earliest and best biographies of Captain James Cook. This work includes a 106-page exact facsimile of the rare original German printing of 1787, followed by a newly-commissioned 116-page English translation.

Although the relationship between the Forsters and the British establishment soured on their return in 1775, Georg continued to show the utmost admiration for his former captain's resolve and skill as an explorer. Over the following decade he published many books on voyages and the Pacific, and was already considered an expert when he was commissioned by the Berlin publishers Haude & Spener to translate the official third voyage account into German, to be accompanied by a new introduction and memoir of Cook. Richly detailed, the essay combines personal memoir with a carefully argued appraisal of Cook's unique contribution to scientific discovery on all three voyages: Forster always believed that the essay finally did justice to the memory of the great discoverer, drawing from his personal experience of sailing on the great second voyage.

With an introductory essay by Dr Nigel Erskine, former Curator of Discovery at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Price (AUD): $285.00

US$206.62   Other currencies

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