2 volumes. First Editions. Illustrated with five folding engraved charts by F. Sansom in the first volume and with five folding engraved charts and five engraved illustrations in the second volume. Large quarto volumes , exquisitely preserved in original calf backed binder s boards, the spines with raised bands, gilt lettered in two compartments, blind tooled at the turnovers and corners, an extraordinary set. , xii, , 391, [1, blank]; [xvi], 482 pp. A superb copy of each volume. Remarkably well preserved and in original state. We dare say that one could hardly expect to find any better copies. RARE FIRST EDITIONS OF THESE HIGHLY IMPORTANT TEXTS, BOTH VOLUMES IN REMARKABLY FINE AND WELL PRESERVED CONDITION. "The most important general history of early South Sea discoveries, containing practically everything of importance on the subject; collected from all sources, with the most important remarks concerning them, by Captain Burney, who was a great authority on the subject. Many of the early voyages to California would be inaccessible were they not heerin collected. Burney accompanied Captain Cook on his second and third voyages. His access to the London literary world served to enhance the style of his great work, in which he carried the story of Pacific discovery from its beginnings through the period just prior to Cook s first voyage" (Hill). Admiral James Burney (1750-1812), son of Dr. Charles Burney, the historian of music, and brother of Fanny Burney, later Madame d Arblay, "entered the navy in 1764, and having served on the coast of North America and in the Mediterranean, sailed with Captain Cook in his second voyage, 1772-4, during which time he was promoted to be lieutenant. In 1775 he was in the Cerberus on the North American station, and was recalled to sail again under Cook in his third voyage. Consequent on the deaths of Cook and Clerke, he came home in command of the Discovery, and was confirmed as commander on 2 Oct. 1780. In 1803 he began the publication of "A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean", which extended to 5 vols. and was not completed until 1817; it is well known as the standard work on the subject" (D.N.B.). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERIES IN ...
Publisher: London Printed by Luke Hansard, and sold by G. and W. Nicol. 1803 and 1806
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