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SYDNEY PARKINSON (1745-1771)

A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, In His Majesty's Ship The Endeavour... To which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill... and an appendix containing an account of the voyages of Commodore Byron. London: for Charles Dilly and James Phillips, 1784. Large 4° (338x274mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait by J. Newton, 2 engraved maps, including a double hemisphere world map, 26 engraved plates after Parkinson. With the errata leaf after p.212. Good margins. (Lacking the supplement of four separately numbered pages, offsetting from plates, occasional light spotting). Contemporary half calf (extremities rubbed, a few scuff marks on spine).

THE SECOND EDITION, 'CONSIDERED THE BEST' though less rare than the first edition (Hill). This edition is a much expanded version of the first edition and was edited by John Coakley Lettsom. It contains the following additions to the first edition: 'a two-page "advertisement" by Lettsom; Fothergill's "Explanatory remarks on the preface"; a new double-hemisphere world map; a resumé of the voyages of Byron, Wallis, Carteret, and Bougainville; and an important early summary of Cook's second and third voyages.' Hill 1309; cf. Hocken p.12; Mitchell 713.
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