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HAWKESWORTH John Relation des voyages entrepris par ordre de sa majesté Britannique, et successivement exécutés par le commodore Byron, le capitaine Carteret, le capitaine Wallis & le capitaine cook, dans les vaisseaux le Dauphin, le Swallow, & l’Endeavour.

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Paris, Vaillant, Nyon & Panckoucke, 1774

8 volumes in-8 (195 x 124 mm) de 2 ff.n.ch., LXXX, 327 pp., 7 planches gravées dépliantes pour le volume I; 2 ff.n.ch., 347 pp., planches 8 à 16 pour le volume II; 2 ff.n.ch., 447 pp., 8 planches gravées dépliantes pour le volume III; 2 ff.n.ch., 462 pp., 1 f. blanc, planches 9 à 16 pour le volume IV; 2 ff.n.ch., 374 pp., planches 1 à 11 pour le volume V; 2 ff.n.ch., 312 pp., planches 12 à 17 pour le volume VI; 2 ff.n.ch., 336 pp., 3 planches gravéees pour le volume VII; 2 ff.n.ch., 336 pp. pour le volume VIII. Veau glacé, filet à froid en encadrement des plats, pièces d'armes des Rohan-Chabot aux angles, dos lise orné, roulette intérieure, tranches rouges (reliure de l'époque).

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Sabin 30940; voir Hill 782 (pour l'édition original en anglais de 1773).

Édition originale du tirage in-8. Elle est ornée des mêmes 52 planches gravées que l'édition in-4.

Le premier voyage effectué sous les ordres de lieutenant Cook (il ne fut promu au grade de capitaine à son retour en Angleterre), rédigé sur ses notes par Hawkesworth.

"Important collection chronicling English maritime expedition, edited by Hawkesworth. John Byro, in the Dolphin, visited the Tuamoto islands and Nikunau in what would later be called the Gilbert Islands; an unofficial account, often attributed to Charles Clerke, had been published earlier. Captain Wallis, also in the Dolphin, discovered the volcanic island of Tahiti, which he named King George III Island, and Moorea. He also discovered and named Wallis Island and visited Tinian and Batavia. Captain Carteret, in command of the Swallow, became separated from Captain Wallis in a storm and was feared lost. He discovered Pitcairn Island and some remote atolls in the South Seas. The first voyage under the not-yet famous Captain Cook's command, on the Endeavour, was primarily of a scientific nature. The expedition was to sail to Tahiti in order to observe the transit of Venus across the disk of the sun, to determine the earth's distance from the sun, and also to carry on the geographical discovery that John Byron had started. Entering the Pacific around Cape Horn, Cook reached Tahiti in 1769 and carried out the necessary astronomical observations. Excellent relations with the Tahitians were maintained, and Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel C. Solander carried out extensive ethnological and botanical research. Leaving Tahiti in July, Cook discovered, named and chartered the Society Islands, and then, heading southwest, explored New Zealand, which resulted in a circumnavigation of that land in a figure eight, and a detailed survey of the country. Cook then headed towards Australia and discovered and chartered the eastern coast for 2,000 miles, naming the area New South Wales. He nearly lost his ship on the Great Barrier Reef. Both Australia and New Zealand were annexed by Britain as a result of this voyage, which began in 1768 and ended in 1771. Cook had chartered upwards of 5,000 miles of coastline under great difficulties" (Hill).

Les 52 planches gravées montrent plans, vues, cartes, faune et flore, et les habitants de Tahiti et d'autres îles.

Très bel exemplaire dans sa première reliure, décorée aux pièces d'armes de la famille Rohan-Soubise.

Provenance: Bibliothèque des Rohan-Chabot (OHR 2030) avec pièces d'armes aux angles, et étiquette de bibliothèque en queue du dos.

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