PARKINSON, Sydney (1745?-1771). [FIRST VOYAGE] -- A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in His Majesty's Ship, the Endeavour. London: for Stanchfield Parkinson, 1773. 4o (292 x 240 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Parkinson, 27 engraved plates (offsetting and some pale foxing). Later quarter vellum (vellum lightly soiled, small chips to label). FIRST EDITION. According to Holmes, "Parkinson was employhed by Banks as botanical draughtsman at a salary of 80 pounds a year, and as such was exempted from the instruction that the officers and petty officers should deliver up the log books and journals they might have kept." His brother Stanchfield prepared his journal for publication after his death from fever and dysentary with the hopes of anticipating Hawkesworth's official account. Hawkesworth was able to obtain an injunction, however, and prevented Parkinson's volume from being the first narrative of the first voyage, although it contains valuable observations about South Sea languages not found in other accounts. Sabin 58788; Hill pp.223-4; Mitchell Library Cook 712; Holmes 7.