The Geographical Magazine; or, a New, Copious, Compleat, and Universal System of Geography…. COOK: THIRD VOYAGE, William Frederick MARTYN.
The Geographical Magazine; or, a New, Copious, Compleat, and Universal System of Geography…
The Geographical Magazine; or, a New, Copious, Compleat, and Universal System of Geography…

The Geographical Magazine…
The Geographical Magazine; or, a New, Copious, Compleat, and Universal System of Geography…

London: Harrison & Co., 1782-83.

Two volumes, quarto; title-pages printed in red and black; with altogether 80 engraved maps and plates, some folding; contemporary calf, spines ornately panelled in gilt between raised bands with double labels, a handsome set.

Including a very early account of Hawaii and Cook's death

Surprisingly scarce: this compendium of geographical knowledge is of particular interest for its coverage of Cook's third voyage and the considerable early information on Hawaii.

Surprisingly scarce: this compendium of geographical knowledge is of particular interest for its coverage of Cook's third voyage and the considerable early information on Hawaii.

Martyn's Geographical Magazine was issued from 1782 onwards in parts, and then collected together as here. There seems to be some confusion over dating: the title-page of volume 1 in our set is dated 1782, while the second is dated 1783; in another copy that we handled recently the first volume was dated 1785 and the second undated; the British Library catalogue dates both volumes 1782. In any event, much of the material assembled here was printed between 1782 and 1784 as the various plate imprints show. Harrison's New Map of the World, for example, is dated 1 January 1782.

Harrison's map shows the track of Cook's third voyage, and Cook's progress and findings are related systematically through the regional sections and individual entries for each country. Four plates are based on images from the official account of Cook's Voyage that appeared in 1784. The second volume includes a chart of Cook's course from East Asia to the west coast of North America, while the Appendix includes a substantial article on the Sandwich Islands, with a map of the "Sandwich Islands, including Owhyhee where Capt Cook was killed".

Entries on New Holland, New Zealand and New Guinea are relatively brief though interesting for what they contain. Indeed, the reports are consistent with the times and indicative of colonial attitudes - descriptions of the Aborigines are not flattering, where those of the Māori are both respectful and slightly horrified by a race not easily overpowered.

The book was known to Forbes only from the British Library set and a copy examined at Hordern House in 1996.

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Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 43.

Condition Report: One of the folding maps a little creased and repaired; binding a little spotted, joints a little worn near base of spine, but a very good set with appropriate patina.

Price (AUD): $7,250.00

US$5,446.52   Other currencies

Ref: #5000449

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