London, South Kensington
22 September 2005
SPARRMAN, Andreas (1747-1820). A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic Polar Circle and round the world: but chiefly into the country of the Hottentots and Caffres, from the year 1772 to 1776 ... translated from the Swedish original. London: for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1785. 2 volumes, 4° (277 x 205mm). Engraved frontispiece, folding map, and 9 plates, with errata leaf (frontispiece with repaired tear through upper margin, title to vol. one torn and laid down, waterstaining affecting frontispiece, title and preliminaries of vol. one and 2 plates at end, H1 with inner corner torn away, some browning of plates and text in both vols., map with old repairs on verso). Contemporary tree calf (rebacked, old spines relaid, endpapers renewed). Provenance: Thomas Hammond (signature on titles).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF SPARRMAN'S ACCOUNT OF COOK'S SECOND VOYAGE, also regarded as the best 18th-century account of the Cape Colony. Sparrman sailed from Table Bay on the Resolution on 22 November 1772 in the post of assistant naturalist to Johann Forster, but returned to South Africa in March 1775 on conclusion of the voyage. While his account includes a number of details of Cook's second voyage which are not mentioned elsewhere, the main narrative concerns a 10 month expedition made through Kaffraria after his return. Beddie 1276; Conrad p. 14; Mendelssohn II, p. 414; Renard 1516; Rosove 316.A1: 'Scarce'; Spence 1146. (2)
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