Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,
où se trouvent les circonstances de sa mort, publié en allemand, & traduit avec un abrégé de la vie de ce navigateur célèbre, & des notes.Berne: chez la Nouvelle Société Typographique, 1783 Stock Code: 146898
Cook's third voyage viewed from below decksSecond edition in French, following the first edition in French of 1782, both translated from Reise um die Welt mit Capitain Cook (Mannheim, 1781), with additional notes not included in the original, the type reset for the present edition.
Johann Heinrich Zimmermann (1741-1805) sailed on HMS Discovery on James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific and wrote this unauthorized account of the voyage. Zimmermann's narrative is, along with Rickman's, the earliest published account of Cook's final voyage, and offers a useful below-decks view of the expedition leader, notably different from that of his admiring Royal Navy officers. Zimmermann's account includes the first life of Cook published in book form. This edition precedes the authorized account of the third voyage by two years.
Octavo (186 x 115 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, low raised bands to spine tooled in gilt, titles to red morocco spine label in gilt, floral motifs in gilt in compartments, marbled paper to pastedowns, edges red, green silk page marker.
Floral woodcut at head of first leaf of text.
Rubbing to extremities, a little scuffing to boards, small chip to leather at head of front board, minor ripple to book block, contents bright, ink smudge to pp. vi-vii; a lovely copy in very good condition.
Beddie 1630; Forbes 59; Hill, p. 333; Lada-Mocarski 33 for first edition; Sabin 106436.
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