History of the Voyages and Discoveries made in the North. Johann Reinhold FORSTER.
History of the Voyages and Discoveries made in the North.

History of the Voyages and Discoveries made in the North.

London: 1786.

Quarto, three engraved maps, a good copy in contemporary quarter calf, handsome quarter morocco slipcase.

Surveying northern hemisphere voyages, finishing with Cook's final expedition

The Forsters, father and son, sailed famously on Cook's second voyage. As Holmes points out, Cook's mention in his journal that he "pitched upon" them to fill the gap left by Banks's departure from the expedition was distinctly unflattering. "They proved - Johann in particular - to be querulous and uncongenial shipmates, and on their return they complained bitterly of their treatment by the Admiralty". They must have been Cook's least favourite men. Both published copiously on scientific subjects, and both wrote specifically on the second voyage.

The Forsters, father and son, sailed famously on Cook's second voyage. As Holmes points out, Cook's mention in his journal that he "pitched upon" them to fill the gap left by Banks's departure from the expedition was distinctly unflattering. "They proved - Johann in particular - to be querulous and uncongenial shipmates, and on their return they complained bitterly of their treatment by the Admiralty". They must have been Cook's least favourite men. Both published copiously on scientific subjects, and both wrote specifically on the second voyage.

The present work is a general survey of navigation and discovery in the northern hemisphere from the earliest times, which Forster had originally published in Frankfurt in 1784: this is its first appearance in English, in which some errors are corrected and various disparaging remarks about Daines Barrington deleted. Forbes notes the references to Cook's three voyages, and "specific notes on Hawaii and Cook's death at Kealakekua, with important notes on Cook's health and demeanour". "Twelve pages relate to Cook's last voyage, and to some of his companions. Cook 'was stabbed with a large iron dagger, of which Cook himself had made him a present'…" (Hocken). The collection is also significant for the Northwest coast as it discusses the voyages of Cabrillo, Vizcaino and other navigators.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Beddie, 249; Cowan, pp. 218-9; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 112; Hocken, p. 25; Holmes, 59; Kroepelien, 460; Wagner, II, 695.

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