Journey into the Southern Hemisphere, and around the world, done on the King's ships, The Adventure, & The Resolution, in 1772, 1773, 1774 & 1775. In which was inserted the Relationship of Captain Furneaux & that of MM . Forster. Paris, Hotel de Thou, 1778. 5 volumes in-4.
Copy in glazed calfskin, triple golden net in frame, ornate back, pieces of title and green tomatoes, inner roulette, golden slices (Binding of the time). Sabin, No. 16249. First edition of the French translation. It is illustrated with a portrait of James Cook, 51 boards (including a 10bis, representing the waterspouts near New Zealand), 15 maps and plans (including one in Volume V, showing the islands South Seas) and 2 folding lexicon tables (one in volume IV, paginated 302 bis, the other in volume V). Relation of the second voyage of James Cook (1728-1779), during which he was commissioned to discover the mythical continent Austral, better known under the name of Terra australis. The expedition, embarked aboard the Adventure and the Resolution, left England in July 1772, reached and crossed for the first time in history the Antarctic Circle on January 17, 1773, gained New Zealand underway year, then visited different islands of Oceania, especially Tahiti, New Caledonia, the archipelago of the Tonga Islands and the New Hebrides (present-day Vanuatu). She will bring with her the young Tahitian Omaï, the first Oceanian to visit London. An important vocabulary of the language of the islands of the Society occupies pages 259-302 of volume IV. Volume V contains the observations made on geography, natural history and moral philosophy by the naturalist Johann Reinhold Forster during the trip. VERY NICE EXEMPLARY, VERY RARE CONDITION.