Title: A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, Towards ...
Publisher: Messrs. White, Cash, and Byrne, Dublin
Publication Date: 1785
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: 1st Edition
Two volumes, the first English version based on the 1783 Swedish original. With ten engraved plates and a fold-out map. Leather-bound in calf with rebound spines, the original covers with gilt ruling and blind embossing. In 1765 he went on a voyage to China as ship's doctor, returning two years later and describing the animals and plants he had saw. He sailed to the Cape of Good Hope in January 1772 to take work as a tutor. When James Cook arrived there later in the year at the start of his second voyage, Sparrman was hired as assistant naturalist to Johann and Georg Forster. After the voyage he returned to Cape Town in July 1775 and practiced medicine, earning enough to finance a journey into the interior of the Cape. In 1776 he returned to Sweden, where he had been awarded an honorary doctorate. He published several works, but the best known is his account of his travels in South Africa and his experiences with Cook, A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope. There is light toning through-out but overall they are tight and complete with no losses. Bookseller Inventory # 12-124
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