Captain Carteret And The Voyage Of The Swallow

Mowat, H. G.

Verlag: Lulu, 2011
ISBN 10: 1470900793 / ISBN 13: 9781470900793
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Inhaltsangabe: Captain Philip Carteret was born in Jersey, and at the age of 14 years old, joined his first ship, the Salisbury. In July 1766 he took command of the Sloop Swallow. He set off on an exploration with high risks, commissioned by the Admiralty, on a voyage which was to last two years and seven months.

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Verlag: Lulu
Erscheinungsdatum: 2011
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Verlag: London: Printed for A. Strahan, and T. Cadell, 1773 (1773)
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Peter Harrington. ABA member
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Buchbeschreibung London: Printed for A. Strahan, and T. Cadell, 1773, 1773. 3 volumes, quarto (294 × 228 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco labels, spines direct-numbered gilt, raised bands. Joints partly cracked but still very firm, spine ends a little chipped and corners rubbed, occasional light spotting and the odd stain, but a very good, wide-margined and crisp copy. 52 maps, charts and plates in all, 41 of them folding. First edition of the official account of Cook's first voyage, together with previous exploratory expeditions under Byron, Carteret and Wallis, compiled by John Hawkesworth. The primary purpose of Cook's voyage in Endeavour was the observation of the transit of Venus from Tahiti, and then to continue the enterprise of geographical investigation begun by Byron. This was to result in the discovery of the Society Islands, the circumnavigation of New Zealand, and the charting of the eastern coast of Australia. "Hawkesworth , an eminent London author, was chosen by Lord Sandwich and commissioned by the Admiralty to prepare these narratives for publication [He] was expected to add polish to the rough narratives of sea men, and to present the accounts in a style befitting the status of the voyages as official government expeditions, intended to embellish England's prestige as a maritime power." Although the book was a huge success, fast becoming a best-seller, it was disastrous for its editor: "He was publicly attacked on three different counts: by the captains for tampering with the texts of their journals, by prudish readers for reprinting descriptions of the sexual freedoms of the South Sea islanders, and by devout churchmen for impiety in the general introduction to the work, in which Hawkesworth had rashly challenged the doctrine of providential intervention. He was devastated by this critical barrage, and it was thought to be the main cause of his death. The rumour recorded by Malone that he killed himself with an overdose of opium is uncorroborated, but Fanny Burney's conviction that his health was destroyed by the vilification he suffered seems well founded" (ODNB). A handsome and appealing set. Hill 782; Howgego I, C173; Sabin 30934. Artikel-Nr. 87127

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Buchbeschreibung Beddie 648; ESTC T74465; Hill 782; Holmes 5; Mendelssohn I, p. 377; Sabin 30934 ("The first edition, to be preferred for its plates"); Howgego, to 1800, C173. First edition (first issue) of the official account of James Cook's first voyage, edited from Cook's journals by John Hawkesworth. Although Hawkesworth was heavily criticized for his sloppy editorial work and his use of the first person, the account is of great historical significance, especially for its finely executed illustrations. The first volume relates the voyages of Byron, Carteret and Wallis (the discoverer of Tahiti), and volumes two and three are devoted to Cook's voyage. Cook was appointed commander of the Endeavour to sail for Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus and to search for the hypothetical Terra Australis, whose existence had been proposed by the geographer Alexander Dalrymple. In Tahiti he duly observed the transit and then sailed south in search of the southern continent until bad weather forced him to turn north again. In October 1769 the crew sighted the northern Island of New Zealand. Cook spent many weeks surveying New Zealand and his remarkably accurate chart, included in the second volume, remains a major achievement. From New Zealand he steered westward, heading for the east coast of Australia. Cook surveyed and charted almost the whole coast of New South Wales and proved that New Holland (Australia) and New Guinea were two separate islands. According to Holmes there are several issues of the first edition and the "earliest issues lack the directions for placing the cuts and the 'Chart of the Streight of Magellan' " (Holmes ). Our copy includes the directions for the binder, but lacks the chart of the Strait of Magellan.All volumes have some leaves foxed or browned, but otherwise in very good condition. Bindings scuffed at the extremities and worn in the joints, with a long crack in the joint of the front board of volume 1, but otherwise good. Artikel-Nr. ACAB1Z01U79O

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