Auction 357 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- FORREST, (T.). Voyage aux Moluques et à la Nouvelle Guinée, fait sur la galère la Tartare en 1774, 1775 & 1776, par ordre de la Compagnie Angloise. Par., Hôtel de Thou, 1780. (6), 470, (1) pp. W. 1 large fold. engr. map & 28 (fold.) maps/plates. 4°. Old brds., uncut. (Paper on brds. a bit stained/soiled & sl. dam., stamp scratched out on ti., but else a very clean copy with ample, uncut margins). TERUGGETROKKEN / WITHDRAWN

The first French edition. On the first English ed. of 1779, Hill 623: "In 1774, when the council, in accordance with their instructions and with a view to developing new sources of trade, desired to send an exploring party in the direction of New Guinea, Forrest offered his services. He sailed in the Tartar, a native boat (...). The voyage was one of examination and enquiry rather than of exploration, and the additions made to geographical knowledge were corrections of detail rather than startling discoveries, but the tact with which he conducted his intercourse with the natives, and the amount of work done in a small boat, deservedly won him credit as a navigator". - Rouffaer/Muller I, p.479; cf. Cat. NHSM I, p. 242.

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