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FORREST, Thomas (?1729-?1802). Voyage aux Moluques et la Nouvelle Guinée, fait sur la galere la Tartare en 1774, 1775 & 1776, translated by J.N. Demeunier. Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1780. 4° (257 x 198mm). Half title, folding engraved map and 28 plates, some folding (mainly marginal light spotting, stronger on a few leaves). Contemporary marbled calf, spine elaborately gilt in compartments with floral and foliate motifs, morocco lettering piece (head of spine neatly repaired, lightly rubbed).

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FORREST, Thomas (?1729-?1802). Voyage aux Moluques et la Nouvelle Guinée, fait sur la galere la Tartare en 1774, 1775 & 1776, translated by J.N. Demeunier. Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1780. 4° (257 x 198mm). Half title, folding engraved map and 28 plates, some folding (mainly marginal light spotting, stronger on a few leaves). Contemporary marbled calf, spine elaborately gilt in compartments with floral and foliate motifs, morocco lettering piece (head of spine neatly repaired, lightly rubbed).

FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH, first published in English in 1779. Thomas Forrest, a navigator engaged in the new colony of Balambangan, was selected by the East India Company in 1774 to lead an expedition to New Guinea, with the objective of opening trade relations with the natives. The work contains a vocabulary of the Magindano language in the appendix (pp.443-458) and a survey of voyages made to New Guinea in the introduction. Cox II, p.302; Hill 623 (English edition); Kress B.274.
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