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429
Bowman, Hildebrand [pseudonym]
THE TRAVELS OF HILDEBRAND BOWMAN INTO CARNOVIRRIA, TAUPINIERA, OLFACTARIA, AND AUDITANTE, IN NEW-ZEALAND ... WRITTEN BY HIMSELF; WHO WENT ON SHORE IN THE ADVENTURE'S LARGE CUTTER, AT QUEEN CHARLOTTE'S SOUND NEW-ZEALAND, THE FATAL 17TH OF DECEMBER 1773. LONDON: PRINTED FOR W. STRAHAN; AND T. CADELL, 1778
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429
Bowman, Hildebrand [pseudonym]
THE TRAVELS OF HILDEBRAND BOWMAN INTO CARNOVIRRIA, TAUPINIERA, OLFACTARIA, AND AUDITANTE, IN NEW-ZEALAND ... WRITTEN BY HIMSELF; WHO WENT ON SHORE IN THE ADVENTURE'S LARGE CUTTER, AT QUEEN CHARLOTTE'S SOUND NEW-ZEALAND, THE FATAL 17TH OF DECEMBER 1773. LONDON: PRINTED FOR W. STRAHAN; AND T. CADELL, 1778
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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Bowman, Hildebrand [pseudonym]
THE TRAVELS OF HILDEBRAND BOWMAN INTO CARNOVIRRIA, TAUPINIERA, OLFACTARIA, AND AUDITANTE, IN NEW-ZEALAND ... WRITTEN BY HIMSELF; WHO WENT ON SHORE IN THE ADVENTURE'S LARGE CUTTER, AT QUEEN CHARLOTTE'S SOUND NEW-ZEALAND, THE FATAL 17TH OF DECEMBER 1773. LONDON: PRINTED FOR W. STRAHAN; AND T. CADELL, 1778
8vo (213 x 130mm.), FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on preliminary blank "To the Rev.d Doctor Alexander Duncan from his very affectionate and much obliged servant, The Author", 2 engraved plates (facing pages 54 and 275), contemporary calf, single gilt fillet border, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece in second compartment, hole in upper margin of O5 not affecting text, short clean tear at foot of Y1 without loss, expert repairs to head and foot of spine
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Provenance

Rev. Dr Alexander Duncan, presentation inscription from the author; W. Brooks, nineteenth-century signature on title; Francis Edwards catalogue 604 (1936), item 97

Literature

Bagnall 5600; BCJC 3921 & 4659; Du Rietz 1297 (with note about this copy); Gove p.369; Hocken p.18; Holmes A 43; Holmes B 27; Howgego, Invented B40; Bertelsen, Lance (ed.), The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman (Broadview Press, 2017), pp.35-38 (note about this copy)

Catalogue Note

THE ONLY KNOWN INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED THE FIRST NEW ZEALAND NOVEL.
This work, dedicated to Joseph Banks and Charles Solander, 'tells the story of a fictional midshipman abandoned in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand, after a battle with Maori that claims the lives of ten of his shipmates. Inspired by an actual event on Captain Cook's second voyage, Bowman's adventures take him to increasingly sophisticated cultures ... that dramatize stadial history in a Pacific setting. The work provocatively weaves together popular fascination with Cook's voyages, sensational conceptions of the newly charted Pacific, contemporary ideas on human development and culture, topical satire on London life, and a fanciful castaway story. As an introduction to the cultural connections linking Pacific studies, the Scottish Englightenment, and eighteenth-century English society and politics, The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman is unique in literary history' (Bertelsen).

Authorship has remained a mystery, and until relatively recently it was considered that John Elliott (1759-1834), a midshipman on the Resolution during Cook's second voyage was the author, however in the past five years Cliff Thornton has presented a persuasive case for Robert Home (1752-1834), an English painter of Scottish ancestry, as a more likely candidate (see Bertelsen pp.35-38).

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