The Resolution Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster 1772-1775 (4 Volumes Complete)
London: Hakluyt Society, 1982. 8vo. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #13181
Four volume set devoted to the journals of the naturalist aboard the second expedition of Captain James Cook to the South Pacific.
"When Joseph Banks withdrew at the last moment as naturalist on Cook's second voyage, Forster and his son were appointed to fill the vacant position. In July 1772 they set sail on the Resolution, returning to England in July 1775. During a stop in Cape Town, Forster engaged Anders Sparrman to act as his assistant.
Both the Forsters kept detailed diaries of everything they saw on the voyage, and made extensive collections of both natural history specimens and artefacts. Based on his father's journals, Georg published A Voyage Round the World in 1777. Reinhold Forster published Observations Made during a Voyage round the World (1778). However the income from the book was insufficient to clear his debts, and the bulk of Georg's drawings from the voyage had to be sold to Joseph Banks. During the next few years Forster undertook a variety of writing work, including a German translation of Thomas Pennant's Arctic Zoology." - Wiki
Blue cloth with gilt illustration to each front board and gilt titling to spine. Square tight bindings, clean interiors.
Three foldouts among the illustrations, including a large map of Cook's first and second voyages between 1768-1775.
Dust jackets with mild to moderate rubbing and edge wear. All jackets protected in archival mylar.