Item #5000477 Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Journal d'une expedition faite dans la Mer Pacifique du Sud & du Nord…. COOK: THIRD VOYAGE, John RICKMAN.
Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Journal d'une expedition faite dans la Mer Pacifique du Sud & du Nord…

Troisieme Voyage de Cook…
Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Journal d'une expedition faite dans la Mer Pacifique du Sud & du Nord…

Paris: Pissot and Laporte, 1782.

Octavo, engraved folding frontispiece and map; old quarter calf.

First French edition of Rickman's account of the discovery of Hawaii and Cook's death

First French edition of Rickman's surreptitious account of Cook's third voyage, published the year after the English original. The frontispiece is a re-engraved image of Cook's death, entitled "Mort du capitaine Cook à Owhy-hée, Fevrier 1779", one of the earliest representations of Hawaii. In the same year Zimmermann's narrative was also published, in French and German. It is not certain whether Rickman or Zimmermann was the first to appear in print, and thus to be responsible for the first description of the third voyage, the European discovery of Hawaii, and Cook's death to appear in print.

First French edition of Rickman's surreptitious account of Cook's third voyage, published the year after the English original. The frontispiece is a re-engraved image of Cook's death, entitled "Mort du capitaine Cook à Owhy-hée, Fevrier 1779", one of the earliest representations of Hawaii. In the same year Zimmermann's narrative was also published, in French and German. It is not certain whether Rickman or Zimmermann was the first to appear in print, and thus to be responsible for the first description of the third voyage, the European discovery of Hawaii, and Cook's death to appear in print.

Rickman's account is one of the most significant of the surreptitious accounts of Cook's voyages - the unauthorised accounts published anonymously to avoid repercussions from the Admiralty, who had embargoed the publication of private narratives before the appearance of the official version, from which Rickman's narrative differs in many respects, including noticeably the account of Cook's death. Rickman scooped the official version by a full three years, and this translation, by J.N. Demounier, reached the public a long time before any version of the official narrative was published.

Forbes identifies two states of this edition: this is an example of the second state with an added line at the end identifying the printer.

Provenance: Auguste Boullongne (bookplate).

Beddie, 1611; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 45; Kroepelien, 1080; O'Reilly-Reitman, 419.

Price (AUD): $4,850.00

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