Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    The Rare First French Edition of
    Captain Cook's Voyages

    Captain James Cook. Henri Zimmermann. Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook Autour du Monde, où se trouvent les circonstances de sa mort, publié en Allemande par Henri Zimmermann temoin oculaire, & traduit avec un abrégé de la vie de ce navigateur célebre, & des notes. Berne: Nouvelle Société Typographique, 1782. First edition. Octavo. xvi, 200 pages. Bookplate: "De la Bibliothéque/ de Justin Godart,/ Lyonnais." On front pastedown. Publisher device on title page. Rebound in modern tan half calf over light red patterned paper covered boards with gilt rules and gilt lettered title label on spine. Boards lightly rubbed, some color faded areas, corners bumped, very small chips at head of spine, discoloration to foot of spine, light joint wear; some minor page creases and indentations due to paper imperfections, small holograph pencil bookseller's numbers and letters on both pastedowns, light edge wear to pages with occasional small chips, light foxing, few minor spots of smudging or soiling, paper repairs to inner margin of C6, small edge tear in upper margin of E3, paper repair of a three inch tear along the outer margin of G5, small hole in lower right corner of D5 not affecting text; otherwise a lovely copy in very good condition.
    Please visit HA.com/6148 for an extended description of this lot.


    More Information:

    "A second edition, in which the type was reset, was published in 1783, the only points of difference from the first, apart from a few typographical changes, being in respect of the ornament and the date on the title-page.

    "Both French editions are or great rarity and are of interest not only on that account but because of the additional matter which they contain. This consists of some notes of no particular value but very typical of the philosophy of pre-revolutionary France by a person who styles himself Roland, and also a brief life of Cook which contains some side-lights on his character not to be found elsewhere. This life is a free translation of an article in a German magazine - Göttingsches Magazin der Wissenschaften und Litteratur, 1780. The accuracy of the information given - in point of fact it is by no means free from error - is stated to be vouched for by "Mr. Lichtenberg, célèbre professeur à Goettingue, & Mr. Forster, aussi professeur à Cassel." The Mr. Forster referred to is George Forster; he is said to have derived his information regarding the third voyage generally and Cook's death in particular from Zimmermann himself and another German named Lohmann, a quarter-master in the Discovery."

    -Sir Maurice Holmes, Captain James Cook. A Bibliographical Excursion. Item 44. New York: Burt Franklin [1968].



    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2015
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,117

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 October 24 Estate of John Steinbeck Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential &  Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $746,362