"The first printed account of man's entry into the region south of the Antarctic circle" - Spence

Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775 on Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, by which the Non-Existence of an Undiscovered Continent, between the Equator and the 50th Degree of Southern Longitude, is Demonstratively Proved.

London: Printed for F. Newbery, 1775.

Price: $12,500.00


About the item

Engraved folding map and five plates. xiii,[1],328pp. 8vo. "The first printed account of man's entry into the region south of the Antarctic circle" - Spence. Contemporary speckled calf, sympathetically rebacked. Hill (2004) 1087; Sabin 16247; Bagnall 630; Beaglehole II, pp.cliii-clv; Beddie 1270; Conrad p.13; Davidson p.60; Hocken, p.14; Holmes 16; Kroepelien 809; O'Reilly-Reitman 379; Rosove 214.A1b; Spence 758; Frank Streeter Sale 2408.

Item #353910

The earliest published complete account of Cook's second voyage, issued at least eighteen months prior to the official version. The second voyage included the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, making Marra's narrative the earliest firsthand account of the Antarctic, and the engraved plates are the first depictions of that region. Due to the strict regulations against private publications, the work was published anonymously, but the identity of the author did not remain a mystery for long. "Correspondence between Cook and the Admiralty shows that the author was John Marra, one of the gunners' mates in the Resolution. He was an Irishman whom Cook had picked up at Batavia during the first voyage. He made an abortive attempt to desert at Tahiti on 14 May 1774, an escapade of which Cook took so lenient a view that he says - 'I know not if he might have obtained my consent, if he had applied for it in proper time.' This did not, however, as Marra states at p.241, prevent his being put in irons..." (Holmes).

This copy without the rare extra folding map, "Part of the Tropical Discoveries of the Resolution Sloop Captain J. Cook in 1774," which is found in few copies and likely only in those issued at the end of 1775.

"A rare work...contain[ing] details of many events not recorded in the official account, and a preface recording the causes which led Banks and his staff to withdraw from the expedition at the last moment. Accordingly it is a vital second voyage item..." (Davidson).