A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas. London: S. Parkinson, 1773
FIRST EDITION, 4to (335 x 266mm.), engraved portrait, 27 plates, contemporary calf, full gilt spine, red label, marbled endpapers, yellow edges, minor loss to spine ends
THE BROOKE-HITCHING COPY, BOUND WITH THE VERY RARE 22-page "Explanatory Remarks," by Dr John Fothergill, a defence printed in response to Stanfield Parkinson's preface.
Sydney Parkinson, a young natural history draughtsman, was recruited by Sir Joseph Banks as one of two professional artists to travel with him and Captain Cook to the South Seas in July 1768. He completed some 1300 drawings and compiled several vocabularies before he contracted malaria and dysentery at Batavia and died shortly afterwards at sea, in January 1771. After a protracted dispute involving Banks, Hawkesworth and John Fothergill, Stanfield Parkinson was finally able to publish his brother's journal shortly after the publication of Hawkesworth's own account of Cook's voyage. However, the preface, ghost-written by a Dr Kenrick, was considered by Fothergill to be so misrepresentative of Banks's actions, that he bought up all remaining copies of the edition shortly after publication.
BCJC 712; Hill (2004) 1308; Holmes 7; Du Rietz 944; Sabin 58787
John Smyth Esq. (1748-1811), of Heath Hall, bookplate; Franklin Brooke-Hitching, pencil initials, his sale in these rooms, 27 March 2014, lot 2014, £7,000
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