Édition originale de la traduction en français, publiée un an après l’originale anglaise.
Ce deuxième voyage de James Cook (1728-1779) décrit en grand détail les habitants, flore et faune de Tahiti, Nouvelle Zélande, Nouvelles Hébrides, Nouvelle Calédonie, etc.
“The success of Cook’s first voyage led the Admiralty to send him on a second expedition, described in the present work, which was to circumnavigate the globe as far as south as possible in search of any southern continents. Cook proved that there was no ‘Terra Australis’ which supposedly lay between New Zealand and South America, but became convinced that there must be land beyond these ice fields. The men of this expedition became the first to cross the Antarctic Circle. Further visits were made to New Zealand, an on two great sweeps Cook made an astonishing series of discoveries and rediscoveries including Easter islands, the Marquesas, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Nieue, the Tonga Islands, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, Norfolk Islands, and a number of smaller islands. Rounding Cape Horn, on the last part of the voyage, Cook discovered and chartered South Georgia, after which he called at Cape Town, St. Helena and Ascension, and the Azores. Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George were the official botanists on board. Dr. Anders Sparrman, a Swedish scientist, joined the expedition on the way out at Cape Town. William Hidges was the artist with the expedition. Omai, a Polynesian native taken aboard by Cook, was lionized by London society upon their return. This voyage produced a vast amount of information concerning the Pacific peoples and islands, proved the value of the chronometer as an aid in finding longitude, and improved techniques for preventing scurvy” (Hill).
Bon exemplaire, bien complet de ses 67 planches gravées (cartes, plans, et vues) et de son tableau dépliant.
Quelques taches dans la marge du bas du premier volume sur plusieurs cahiers, quelques restaurations aux plats.
Provenance : Bibliothèque de Quérhoënt (cachet humide sur les gardes).