Vie du Capitaine Cook, traduite de l'anglois du docteur Kippis, Membre de la Société Royale de Londres. Par M. Castera
[COOK: LIFE] KIPPIS, Andrew
Price: 7,850.00 AUD
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1789. Two volumes, octavo; bound with the half-titles in contemporary French mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments; quarter calf bookform box. An important association copy, being Thomas Townshend's copy of the Kippis biography of Captain Cook. This handsome French octavo edition bears his ornate bookplate as Viscount Sydney (which he became in 1789), with his title engraved beneath the armorial crest depicting a stag facing a lion rampant. Lord Sydney drew directly upon the experiences of Cook and his men in formulating the plan to establish the penal colony at Botany Bay. Books of this nature from his library highlight the connection between the exploration of the east coast of Australia and its subsequent settlement in the late eighteenth century. Aside from its desirable provenance, this is a handsome set in a contemporary French mottled calf binding. It was among the books from the David Parsons collection of Pacific voyages sold by Hordern House in 2006. Provenance: Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney, with armorial bookplates; R. David Parsons, Atlanta; Andrew Tink AM (author of "Lord Sydney: The Life and Times of Tommy Townshend", 2011). A couple of spots and slight marginal defect to the first leaf of text in volume II, but a fine copy.