Sparrman , Andrew M. D. (Sparrman, Anders)
Title 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. In 2 Volumes : Translated from the Swedish Original.
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Scottish
Size 4 x 7
Publisher Perth R. Morison and Son 1789
Illustrator D. Lizars (Engravings)
Seller ID 039132
Two 12mo. volumes in lightly worn contemporary calf of the pirated edition which was taken from the London Second Edition of 1786. Both contents pages bound into volume one; the chapter headings for Vol II are shown in the contents pages as Chapter X onwards, but are, in volume two actually Chapter 1 onwards. Page skip, without loss, from page 136 to 139 in Vol II. In Vol I : Folded plate frontispiece of Cape of Good Hope; 2 plates and folded map of the Cape Promontary (in good condition) at the rear. In Vol II : Language appendix; 7 plates with 11 images at rear. Forster induced Sparrman, a pupil of Linnaeus, to join Cook on the second voyage.Description of the voyage is brief (fourteen weeks in the Antarctic waters receives only a few lines) but he does relate, as an eyewitness, an incident north of New Zealand unrecorded in logs or journals, when the Resolution and Adventure avoided a serious collision by only a hairsbreadth. Tha majority of the text and all the plates deal with his journeys and natural history excursions in South Africa, despite his visiting and studying same in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands on this second Cook voyage. 12mo, pp,xx, 264. ; pp 261. Prior owner name in ink.