A Voyage Round the World, Volume 1
University of Hawaii Press, 2000 - History - 860 pages
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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Difficult to write any review based on the extract presented, when the only text available from the author himself consists of just three pages of the preface; nor does allow you to decide whether or not to purchase the book itself. With price being charged, there is no way to judge if it is worth the money.
Perhaps if whoever prepared the extract could have given us a lot less of the lengthy 45 page introduction and just a 'teensy weensy' little bit more of the actual book itself, it would have more helpful.
0/10 for the online extract - could and should have done an awful lot better.
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Notes to Volume I
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