Dublin, Ireland: Caleb Jenkin, No. 58, Dame street; and, John Beatty, No. 32, Skinner row, 1776. First Irish Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Sprinkled leather over boards, decorative "V" pattern to board edges, six compartment spine with title - Cooke's Voyage [sic] - and borders in gilt onto red leather spine label, 8vo (7-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches [19.1 x 12.1 cm]), pp. [i-ii], (frontispiece map), [iii-v], vi-xv, (1 blank), , 2-141, , 143-328, all edges trimmed. Printed area of large fold out map is 21-5/8" wide x 7-11/16" high [54.8 cm x 19.5 cm]. The map shows "New Land Discovered", "Land Seen" and has Australia marked as "New Holland" with the south coast being uncharted and Tasmania as part of the mainland. Binding worn with boards exposed at corners, chip to leather of upper board near center of joint, top joint cracked to midpoint of spine, p.o. name in pencil to front pastedown and a row of numbers to ffep. Text is moderately toned and soiled throughout with ink stains affecting title page and map. Map has short closed tears at outer edges of folds. Book still tightly bound with binders twine being noted at hinges, as per bookbinding methods of the time, where "...until the early years of the nineteenth century all endpapers, were sewn on, and never merely tipped on with paste as they sometimes are today." [Middleton, 4th edition, pg. 108-111]. Good. Item #516
The Dublin edition of John Marra's journal. First published anonymously in London several months after returning home to England in 1775, it was the first account of these unknown, distant and most exotic reaches of the globe. While Marra's Journal provided Europe with descriptions of the indigenous peoples of a number of Pacific societies, the voyage also proved that no southern continent existed in the temperate zone, and had the Resolution making the first crossing by ship over the Antarctic circle. Ref. Beddie-1270,1271; Sabin-16247; Cox, vol. 1, p. 59.
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