Under current restrictions, our shops are closed to the public, but we are still processing online, telephone and email orders as normal.

BURNEY, James.

A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean.

London: by Luke Hansard, and sold by G. and W. Nicol; G. and J. Robinson; J. Robson; T. Payne; and Cadell and Davies [vol. I; later imprints vary slightly], 1803-17 Stock Code: 133007
£12,500.00
Reserve Ask us a question

"The most important general history of early South Seas discoveries"

First edition of "the most important general history of early South Seas discoveries, containing practically everything of importance on the subject; collected from all sources, with the most important remarks concerning them... Many of the early voyages to California would be inaccessible were they not collected herein" (Hill). James Burney (1750-1821) had served on Cook's second and third voyages and witnessed Cook's killing. He reached the rank of captain, but his repeated acts of insubordination and openly republican political views hampered his naval career. Forced into retirement on half pay, he followed the examples of his father, the historian of music Charles Burney, and his sister, the novelist Fanny Burney, by turning to writing. His first work was as ghost writer of William Bligh's A Voyage to the South Sea in HMS Bounty (1792). The present is his major work, describing the discoveries up to but not including Cook's, published in a format to be shelved next to those eight quartos. "This work, carefully researched and clearly and concisely written, long remained the standard on its subject" (ODNB).

Provenance: discreet book labels of Charles Russell Codman; "Charles Russell" was a popular pairing of names among the Massachusetts Codmans but this may be Colonel Charles Russell Codman (1829-1918), a member of the state Senate (1874-75) and House of Representatives (1872-75); he was the recipient of a lengthy tribute in the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society (Third Series, Vol. 52 (Oct., 1918 - June 1919).

Confused? Read our glossary

Description

5 volumes, quarto (290 x 228 mm). Contemporary red half morocco-grain skiver neatly rebacked to style and corners refurbished, flat spines gilt lettered direct and divided by paired gilt rules, speckled edges, Stormont pattern marbled paper sides.

Illustrations

Complete as issued with 28 engraved charts (17 folding; 5 as frontispieces), 13 engraved views (one folding), 6 wood-engraved illustrations in the text.

Condition

Covers a little rubbed, gutter of last few leaves of vols. I and II browned, some offsetting from plates to text, scattered foxing. A very good set, clean and wide-margined.

DELIVERY

With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details

 

ABOUT US

Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220


ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK TO SELL?
OR
CAN’T FIND THE BOOK YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book