the first published account of Cook’s second voyage and the first printed account of the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle.
Appearing anonymously eighteen months before the official account, Marra’s Journal records many incidents omitted by Cook and gives the reasons which caused Sir Joseph Bankand his twelve assistants to withdraw from the expedition at the last moment.
Marra was a gunner’s mate of Irish descent aboard the Resolution. He attempted to desert, unsuccessfully, at Tahiti, prompting Cook to remark later: “I know not if he might not have obtained my consent if he had applied for it in proper time.” Marra himself recounts his punishment in irons.
This edition was apparently intended to form vol.5 of A historical account of all the voyages round the world, performed by English navigators, volumes1-4 of which, by David Henry (who edited the present account), were published in 1773-74. Hence the number “5” on the spine.
First edition. 8vo., xiii, , 328 pp., folding map, 5 engraved plates, contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt lettered “5” on spine, neat repairs to extremities, modern cloth box, red morocco label, an excellent copy.
Provenance: Samuel Jones (contemporary book label with printer’s flowers).
Hill 1087; Holmes 16; Rosove 214.A1; Sabin 16247.
Stock ID: 90840