A Voyage Round the World, Volume 1

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University of Hawai'i Press, 2000 - History - 860 pages
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George Forster's A Voyage round the World presents a wealth of geographic, scientific, and ethnographic knowledge uncovered by Cook's second journey of exploration in the Pacific (1772-1775). Accompanying his father on the voyage, ship's naturalist Johann Reinhold Forster, George proved a knowledgeable and adept observer. The lively, elegant prose and critical detail of his account, based loosely on his father's journal, make it one of the finest works of eighteenth-century travel literature and an account of prime importance in the history of European contact with Pacific peoples.

The original English version of this work has long been neglected by anglophone scholars. This new scholarly edition makes this important book readily available for the first time since its initial publication more than two centuries ago.

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Edited by Christopher Pinney, Senior Lecturer in Material Culture, Department of Anthropology, University College London and Nicholas Thomas, Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Nicholas Thomas' books include "Entangled Objects" (1991), "Colonialism's Culture" (1994) and "Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture" (1999)

Oliver Berghof is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at California State University, San Marcos, and Lecturer in Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. His previous publications include Georg Forster: A Voyage Round the World (edited with Nicholas Thomas) (2000).

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