660. [South Pole]
COOK, James; FORSTER, Johann Reinhold
5 vol., 4to: -[5-54]-460, -432, -374, -413-, -510- pp.; 65 + 1 pl. (sm. brown spots, a few dampstains, a few pages browned).
Contemp. half calf, gilt decorated spine with 5 bands, paper covers (sl. used).
1st ed. of the French translation by J.-B.-A. Suard (1732-1817) of "A voyage towards the South Pole" (1777). Ill. in the first 4 vol.: 65 + 1 (10 bis) engr. by Bernard incl. front. with portrait of Cook, a large folding map of the South Pole (loose sheet) and many other maps, plans, topographical views, natives, instruments, etc., as well as a folding table on local languages; the 5th vol. "Observations faites, pendant le second voyage de M. Cook" by Forster contains 1 engr. map and 1 table. In his Pacific voyages Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas from New Zealand to Hawaii which he mapped in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved by Western explorers.
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