Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. On Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, by which the Non Existence of an Undiscovered Continent… is demonstratively proved. Also a Journal of the Adventure's Voyage… with an Account of the Separation of the two Ships…. John MARRA.
Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. On Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, by which the Non Existence of an Undiscovered Continent… is demonstratively proved. Also a Journal of the Adventure's Voyage… with an Account of the Separation of the two Ships…
Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. On Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, by which the Non Existence of an Undiscovered Continent… is demonstratively proved. Also a Journal of the Adventure's Voyage… with an Account of the Separation of the two Ships…
Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. On Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, by which the Non Existence of an Undiscovered Continent… is demonstratively proved. Also a Journal of the Adventure's Voyage… with an Account of the Separation of the two Ships…

Journal of the Resolution's Voyage…
Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. On Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, by which the Non Existence of an Undiscovered Continent… is demonstratively proved. Also a Journal of the Adventure's Voyage… with an Account of the Separation of the two Ships…

London: F. Newbery, 1775.

Octavo, with a folding map and five plates; leaf D2 is a cancel as usual; an excellent copy in old polished calf, later rebacking to style preserving original red spine label.

The earliest account of any exploration of the Antarctic

The first edition of the first full account of Cook's second voyage to have been published: a surreptitious narrative that preceded the official account by at least eighteen months. The second voyage marked the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, and Marra's book thus contains 'the first… firsthand account of the Antarctic regions…' (Rosove, Antarctica, 1772-1922). The engravings include the earliest Antarctic landscape, thirty-eight pages of text deal with the Antarctic visit, and the main map shows the passage of Cook's two ships to the high southern latitudes.

The first edition of the first full account of Cook's second voyage to have been published: a surreptitious narrative that preceded the official account by at least eighteen months. The second voyage marked the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, and Marra's book thus contains 'the first… firsthand account of the Antarctic regions…' (Rosove, Antarctica, 1772-1922). The engravings include the earliest Antarctic landscape, thirty-eight pages of text deal with the Antarctic visit, and the main map shows the passage of Cook's two ships to the high southern latitudes.

Although Marra was aboard the Resolution he also gives an account of the voyage of the Adventure during the period when the two ships were separated and the Adventure spent time on the Tasmanian coast. 'A rare work… it contains details of many events not recorded in the official account, and a preface recording the causes which led Banks and his staff to withdraw from the expedition at the last moment. Accordingly it is a vital second voyage item…' (Davidson).

Although published anonymously, as early as September 1775 Cook was aware of Marra's authorship: he had asked the gunner Anderson whether he had written the journal, and Anderson convinced Marra to come forward. Amazingly, Johann Forster, the controversial naturalist of the second voyage, assisted in getting the book ready for the press (see Kroepelien, 809).

Marra (sometimes Mara) was an Irish sailor who had first sailed with Cook on the last leg of the Endeavour voyage, joining the crew in Batavia. He twice attempted to jump ship during the second voyage, the second time swimming desperately for shore as the Resolution left Tahiti. This latter unsuccessful attempt at desertion was only lightly punished by Cook, who mused in his journal that any man without 'friends or connections to confine him to any part of the world' could not 'spend his days better than at one of those isles where he can injoy all the necessaries and some of the luxuries of life in ease and Plenty' (Beaglehole, Journals, II, p. 404). Although Marra protested that he foresaw no career for himself in the navy, he would go on to be a gunner's mate on HMS Sirius, flagship of the First Fleet. He does not appear to have mended his ways, and is reported as being 'lost in the bush for three days on the north shore of Port Jackson in November 1789…' (Keith Vincent Smith, Tupaia's Sketchbook, http://www.bl.uk/eblj/2005articles/pdf/article10.pdf).

Provenance: Sir Jonathan Lovett, 1st Baronet, Liscombe House, Bucks (with his delightful bistre-printed romantic armorial bookplate, stipple engraving by William Henshaw in the style of his mentor Bartolozzi; Brian North Lee, "Bookplates of William Henshaw", 23).

Beaglehole, II, pp. cliii-clv; Beddie, 1270; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', p. 60; Hill, 1087; Holmes, 16; Kroepelien, 809; O'Reilly-Reitman, 379; Renard, 997; Rosove, 214.A1.a ('very scarce'); Spence, 758.

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