Dernier Voyage du Capitaine Cook. COOK: THIRD VOYAGE, Heinrich ZIMMERMANN.

Dernier Voyage du Capitaine Cook.

Berne: chez la Nouvelle Société Typographique, 1783.

Octavo, a fine uncut copy in old (?original) coloured wrappers, spine overlaid with similar paper; in a Sangorski-style quarter morocco bookform case.

French edition of the rare German account of Cook's third voyage

The second French edition, and extremely scarce: a most attractive copy. Beddie records only the Mitchell and National Library copies in Australia. "Both French editions are of great rarity and are of interest not only on that account but because of the additional matter which they contain…" (Holmes).

The second French edition, and extremely scarce: a most attractive copy. Beddie records only the Mitchell and National Library copies in Australia. "Both French editions are of great rarity and are of interest not only on that account but because of the additional matter which they contain…" (Holmes).

Zimmermann's first-hand narrative account of Cook's third voyage first appeared, in German, at Mannheim in 1781. The French version was next, with this second French edition and a second German edition appearing in 1783. Dutch editions appeared in 1784 and 1791, and a Russian version was published at St. Petersburg in 1786. These seem to have been all the appearances of the narrative until the Alexander Turnbull Library published Tewsley's translation in 1926, the first appearance of the text in English. As Rodney Davidson wrote of the early printings, "all these editions are exceedingly rare… It is hard to predict the realisation price for a copy if one were to come into the open market, as competition between collectors would be very keen…".

In any early edition, this is one of the scarcest of all the Cook voyage accounts (there is for example no copy of any of the eighteenth-century editions in the Hill catalogue). It was the first description of the third voyage to appear on the continent, and as one of two accounts first published in 1781 - a full three years before the official account - it may well be the first description of the voyage to have been published. It includes an eye-witness account of Cook's death, and is also "valuable for his lower-deck impressions of the character of Cook…" (Beaglehole).

"Zimmermann, a native of Speyer, was coxswain in the Discovery. From the start of the voyage he determined to keep a shorthand journal of the voyage and to retain it, despite the instructions… demanding the surrender of all logs and journals… His account is by no means free from errors, but it has an ingenuousness and charm which differentiate it from the other accounts. His appreciation of Cook's character deserves to rank with that of Samwell" (Holmes).

Bagnall, 6227; Beaglehole, III, p. ccvi; Beddie, 1628; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', p. 66; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 59; Hocken, p. 20; Holmes, 40; Kroepelien, 1362; Lada-Mocarski, 33; O'Reilly-Reitman, 422. Not in Judd; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection.

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