Eloge de Jacques Cook, avec des Notes, discours qui a remporté le Prix d'éloquence au jugement de l'Académie de Marseille, le 25 Août 1789. COOK: ELEGY, Pierre-Edouard LEMONTEY.
Eloge de Jacques Cook, avec des Notes, discours qui a remporté le Prix d'éloquence au jugement de l'Académie de Marseille, le 25 Août 1789.

Eloge de Jacques Cook…
Eloge de Jacques Cook, avec des Notes, discours qui a remporté le Prix d'éloquence au jugement de l'Académie de Marseille, le 25 Août 1789.

Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1792.

Octavo, bound in a volume with two other short pamphlets by Lemontey; a very nice copy in contemporary French quarter calf, spine with gilt fleurons.

Flowery French eulogy

Author's presentation copy of this rare elegy for Cook, in flowery French: 'as one would surmise from the information given on the title-page, this tribute is written in very high-flown language' (Holmes).

Author's presentation copy of this rare elegy for Cook, in flowery French: 'as one would surmise from the information given on the title-page, this tribute is written in very high-flown language' (Holmes).

This is the first edition, later to be reprinted with other works by Lemontey in 1829. The Eloge was read to the Marseille Academy in 1789 and awarded their prize for eloquence. It is a rare Cook piece, but of special interest too for the prognostications it makes about Australia in the knowledge that settlement by the First Fleet has already taken place: 'The position of New Holland will one day make it the world's meeting-place. An English colony will soon attract others to its fertile coasts; China will want to settle her surplus population (the reason for her present weakness) there, lonely Japan will come to mix with the great human family, the European and the Malay, the American and the Asiatic, will meet each other there without surprise…'. This is the first appreciation of Cook to acknowledge the European settlement of Australia as a result of his discoveries.

There are plenty of references to other Cook discoveries, including numerous mentions of Hawaii.

Provenance: Presentation inscription from the author partially clipped in binding: "Offert par l'aute[ur] a son ami Men[<em>---</em>]".

Beddie, 1972 (Mitchell Library's copy); Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 221; Holmes, 76.

Condition Report: Title-page lightly spotted, otherwise excellent.

Price (AUD): $5,400.00

US$3,737.72   Other currencies

Ref: #5000495

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