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Excellent, annotated excerpt on James Cook's second Pacific voyage

FORSTER, Johann Reinhold.
Descriptiones animalium quae in itinere ad Maris Australis Terras per annos 1772, 1773 et 1774 1774 suscepto.
Berlin, Officina Academica, 1844. 8vo. With some tables in text. 20th-century half cloth, with the original printed wrappers bound in. XIII, [1 blank], [1 errata], [1 blank], 424 pp.
€ 4,950
First edition of an account of the zoology of Captain Cook's second voyage with exact location of the 305 species described by Latham and named by Gmelin with references to Georg Forster's drawings. Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798) is best known as the naturalist on James Cook's second Pacific voyage, during which he was accompanied by his son Georg Forster. His Descriptiones animalium, completed within a month of returning to England with Cook, remained unpublished until the present edition edited by Heinrich Lichtenstein. It contains some very detailed descriptions of the Cape animals "Promontorium Bonae Spei" (pp. 362 - 410), also listing the animals of Madeira and Ascension.
Front wrapper slightly soiled; back wrapper with small repaired tear. Very good copy, wholly untrimmed and with some bolts unopened. Beddie 1295; Ferguson 3822; Holmes 90; Nissen, ZBI 1413; cf. Hill 627-629 .
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