HISTORY OF THE VOYAGES AND DISCOVERIES MADE IN THE NORTH
by Forster, John Reinhold
London, 1786. ,xvi,489,pp. plus three folding maps. Large quarto. Contemporary calf and marbled paper boards, gilt leather label. Boards lightly rubbed and soiled, hinges expertly repaired. Later bookplate on front pastedown. Light scattered foxing. Very good. An important history of exploration in the far north, written by the German scientist who took part in Cook's second voyage and who made numerous significant contributions to natural history and the literature of exploration in the late 18th century. This history, originally published in German in 1784 and here first translated into English, traces the history of far northern exploration from the middle ages, but devotes the most space to English voyages in search of a northwest passage. All of the significant voyages from Cabot in 1497 to Cook on the Northwest Coast in 1776 are discussed, with particular emphasis on the voyages into Hudson Bay. There are also sections on French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, and Russian voyages. An important work by a leading scientist and explorer. HOWES F269, "aa." LANDE S786. TPL 528. SABIN 25138.
(Inventory #: WRCAM50490)
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