21 September 2005
JOHANN REINHOLD FORSTER (1729-1798)
Observations made during A Voyage Round the World, on Physical Geography, Natural History, and Ethic Philosophy. London: G. Robinson, 1778. 4° (261 x 218mm). Folding engraved map of Polynesia and folding comparative table of South Sea languages, dedication, list of subscribers. Contemporary tree calf gilt, boards with borders of star and other tools, spine gilt in compartments, gilt morocco lettering-pieces in 2, yellow edges (some rubbing and scuffing, splits on upper joint, skilfully rebacked retaining original spine, one lettering-piece chipped with loss).
FIRST EDITION of a study originally meant to accompany the official account of Cook's second voyage and a companion volume to his son Georg's 1777 book on that voyage (see previousl lot). It specifically elaborates their scientific work on the voyage, including speculation on the nature of the Antarctic Sea, and relates their comparative ethnographic observations and findings, particularly in the South Seas. This can be classed, then, as a pioneering work in the field of Anthropology. An 8-page log of Resolution's voyage prefaces the work and a long section on the preservation of health at sea, and preservation of sailors' health ashore, concludes the work, including the suggestions of James Lind whose work on scurvy was published in 1753. Hill 628; Kropelien 456; Rosove 140; Conrad p. 12.
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