Item #5000381 A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic Polar Circle, and round the World…. COOK: SECOND VOYAGE, Anders SPARRMAN.
A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic Polar Circle, and round the World…

A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic…
A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic Polar Circle, and round the World…

London: G.G.J. Robinson, 1786.

Two volumes, quarto, with ten engraved plates and a folding map; an excellent copy in contemporary marbed calf, flat spines (renewed) banded in gilt, double labels.

The best contemporary English edition

Lengthy account of his travels, including his time on Cook's second voyage, by the assistant naturalist who joined the expedition at the Cape. This is the second and most complete edition of the text, with corrections and revisions: 'a new and revised edition… apparently the best of the editions of the English version' (Rolf du Rietz in the Kroepelien catalogue).

Lengthy account of his travels, including his time on Cook's second voyage, by the assistant naturalist who joined the expedition at the Cape. This is the second and most complete edition of the text, with corrections and revisions: 'a new and revised edition… apparently the best of the editions of the English version' (Rolf du Rietz in the Kroepelien catalogue).

Much of his book is a narrative of travels in Africa with emphasis on its flora and fauna, but he also includes an interesting account of the Cook voyage in the first volume - as Hocken notes: 'Hairsbreadth escape from collision of the two ships, not mentioned elsewhere. Shocking details as to the food on board. Described the plants which Georg Forster drew… Both interesting and amusing…'. The voyage revisited various Tasman and Quirós discoveries, and Sparrman also mentions their sighting of Norfolk Island, 'the first discovery the English made beyond the tropics. We landed upon it, and found it uninhabited…'.

Sparrman published another Swedish account of the voyage in 1802, with a second volume in 1818; these Swedish editions are notably rare today. This English version, widely read and translated, remains the only eighteenth-century text by this member of the second voyage, and the only English language version until the Golden Cockerel Press translation of the various works.

Beddie, 1277; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', p. 62; Hill, 1616 (first edition only); Hocken, p. 25; Holmes, 54 (first edition only); James Ford Bell, S553; Kroepelien, 1222; Mendelssohn, II:414; O'Reilly-Reitman, 405.

Price (AUD): $6,400.00

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