Cook, Captain James: A JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; Undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: Containing all the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, &c. of their Inhabitants. To which is added A Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee. London, Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, in the Strand. MDCCLXXI. Demy 4to, Facsimile Edition; pp. [ii](modern title), [ii](original title-page), 130, [4](vocabulary of Otaheite, last blank), [2](blank); (slight mark to top edge, otherwise a fine copy); scarce. [Amsterdam; N. Israel; 1967].
***Bibliotheca Australiana No. 14. This edition Beddie 701; see Holmes 3, Beddie 694, for original edition. The first issue contained a Dedication to Banks and Solander, which was suppressed after a small number of copies had been circulated, following the publication of an advertisement by Banks and Solander, disclaiming any responsibility for its publication. The dedication is not reproduced in this facsimile. This rare surreptitious account of Cook's First Voyage preceded Hawkesworth's official account by two years. It is the first published account of Cook's First Voyage and of his discovery of the Eastern Coast of Australia, which led to the Foundation of Australia eighteen years later. The authorship of the work is a matter of conjecture - it has been ascribed to JAMES MAGRA (or MATRA) and others, but the evidence is inconclusive. #26437

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