BOUGAINVILLE, LOUIS ANTOINE. 1729-1811.
A Voyage round the World. Performed ... in the years 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769.... London: T. Nourse and J. Davies, 1772.
4to (260 x 210 mm). 6-line errata at end. 5 folding engraved maps and charts, 1 engraved folding plate. Period speckled calf. Some offsetting to plates, stain to upper inner margins of N4 and O1, occasional light spotting, rebacked to style, board edges scuffed.
Provenance: Francis Reynolds Dickinson and Alice May Dickinson (early 20th century armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the account of the first official French expedition to circumnavigate the globe, commanded by Bougainville. The title claims that the translation is by Johann Forster, who served as a naturalist with Captain Cook aboard the Resolution from 1772-75, but Hill opines that Georg Reinhold, who assisted his father aboard the Resolution, may have been the actual translator of the main text, while Johann contributed the preface, dedication and footnotes. Cox I p 55; Hill 165; Kroepelien 113; Sabin 6869.