A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty's Ship 'Endeavour' in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: containing all the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, etc. of their Inhabitants. To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee. James MAGRA, later MATRA, attributed to.
A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty's Ship 'Endeavour' in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: containing all the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, etc. of their Inhabitants. To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee
A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty's Ship 'Endeavour' in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: containing all the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, etc. of their Inhabitants. To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee

A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty's Ship 'Endeavour' in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: containing all the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, etc. of their Inhabitants. To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee

London, Becket & De Hondt, 1771 [first issue, with the dedication leaf to Banks and Solander, quickly suppressed].

Quarto, [ii] (title page, verso blank), ii (dedication leaf), 130, [3] ('Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee') pages.

Later half brown morocco, marbled sides and endpapers, edges dyed yellow; leather lightly rubbed; slight surface loss to the sides; title page slightly marked and a little dusty, with the inkstamp of the 'Northern Protector of Aboriginals' in the top corner; early notes in ink on the initial binder's blank; later marginal notes in pencil on about a dozen pages (but see below); an excellent copy.

The first published account of Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, which appeared some two years before the official account. This copy carries the stamp of the Northern Protector of Aboriginals, and appears to have been in the collection of the notable ethnographer Walter E. Roth, who occupied that office between 1898 and 1906. The pertinent pencil annotations are most likely in his hand.

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