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A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas in His Majesty’s Ship the Endeavour, faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks Bart in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World, to which is added Remarks on the Preface, by the late John Fothergill and appendix containing an Account of the Voyages of Commodore Byron, Captain Willis, Captain Carteret, Monsieur Bougainville, Captain Cook and Captain Clarke. Embellished with Views and Designs, delineated by the Author … .

London: Charles Dilly and James Phillips, 1784.
Holmes 7; Beddie 712; Bobins 1119.
27 + 2 maps
London: Charles Dilly and James Phillips, 1784.

pp. xxiii, 212 (2), hand-coloured portrait of Parkinson, title advertisement, xxiii (prelims), preface signed Stanfield Parkinson (1773), 18pp. Explanatory Remarks on preface plus postscript ends p. 22, two partially hand-coloured spheres (Western and Eastern Hemisphere), 353pp., errata leaf engraved, Large quarto (14 x 11 1/4 in) half calf gilt over marbled boards. Twenty-seven hand-coloured copper-engraved plates, double-page map, and portrait. Second edition. An essential account of Captain Cook's first voyage. This work includes interesting vocabularies of the South Sea languages and dialects, compiled by Sydney Parkinson, a draughtsman engaged by Joseph Banks to accompany Captain Cook and himself in the "Endeavour" to the South Seas. Parkinson made numerous natural historical drawings and landscapes and portraits of the native chiefs. The expedition finally left New Zealand and headed for the Cape via Batavia (Prince's Island). Parkinson died before they reached the Cape. There ensued a somewhat bitter battle for the ownership of Parkinson's artistic material by his brother, Stanfield. This is the edition of the journals published by the "opposition," so to speak (Parkinson's brother Stanfield). In fact, Stanfield Parkinson, whose name is on the imprint, had also died before publication. Banks had published earlier editions. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. Sydney Parkinson. 2. [Map] Western and Eastern Hemispheres. 3. A Man, Woman & Child, Natives of Terra del Fuego, in the Dress of that Country. 4. View of a Village in the Bay of Good Success, on the Island of Terra del Fuego. 5. A Native of Otaheite, in the Dress of that Country. 6. Venus Fort, erected by the Endeavour's People to secure themselves during the Observation of the Transit of Venus at Otaheite. 7. A Woman & a Boy, Natives of Otaheite, in the Dress of that Country. 8. House and Plantation of a Chief of the Island of Otaheite. 9. The Head of a Native of Otaheite, with the Face curiously tataow'd; and the wry Mouth, or manner of defying their Enemies, as practis'd by the People of that, & Neighbouring Islands. 10. Heads of divers Natives of the Islands of Otaheite, Huaheine, & Oheiteroah. 11. The Lad Taiyota, Native of Otaheite, in the Dress of that Country. 12. A Morai, or Burial Place, on the Island of Yoolee-Etea. 13. An Heiva, or kind of Priest of Yoolee-Etea, & the Neighbouring Islands. 14. A Boat-House, in which the Natives of Yoolee-Etea, and the Neighbouring Islands, preserve their Canoes of State from the Weather. 15. Various Instruments, & Utensils, of the Natives of Otaheite, & of the adjacent Islands (27 figs.). 16. View of the North Side of the Entrance into Poverty Bay, & Morai Island in New Zealand / View of another Side of the Entrance into the said Bay. 17. A New Zealand Warrior in his proper Dress, & compleately Armed, according to their Manner. 18. The Head of a Chief of New-Zealand, the Face curiously tataow'd, or mark'd, according to their Manner. 19. The manner in which the New Zealand Warriors defy their Enemies. 20. A War Canoe, of New Zealand. 21. A New Zealand Warrior, & his Wife, in the Dress &c, of that Country. 22. View of a curious Arched Rock, having a River running under it, in Tolago Bay, on the East Coast of New Zealand. 23. Head of Otegoowgoow, Son of a New Zealand Chief, the Face curiously tataow'd. 24. View of the great Peak & the adjacent Country on the West Coast of New Zealand. 25. The Heads of Six Men, Natives of New Zealand, ornamented According to the Mode of that Country. 26. View of an Arched Rock, on the Coast of New Zealand, with an Hippa, or Place of Retreat, on the top of it. 27. [Map] New Zealand. 28. Various kinds of Instruments, Utensils &c, of the Inhabitants of New Zealand, with some Ornaments &c, of the People of Terra del Fuego & New Holland. 29. Two of the natives of New Holland, Advancing to Combat.