Georg Forster. Cook, the Discoverer. Sydney: Hordern House, 2007. Australian Maritime Museum Series No.6. One of 1000 copies bound in quarter tan kangaroo with speckled papered boards. Small quarto, frontispiece plate, pp 276; includes an introductory essay by Nigel Erskine, facsimile of original German Book followed by English translation.
The German naturalist and philosopher Georg Forster wrote his essay Cook the Discoverer as an introduction to his official account of Cooks third voyage, published in 1787. Fierce competition existed for the German translation of Cook’s third and final voyage. Johann Reinhold Forster and his son Georg Forster were hired by the British Admiralty to work as naturalists on Cook’s second voyage on a verbal understanding that they would produce an official account of the voyage. Despite feeling disadvantaged due to the Admiralty shifting the goal posts and Cook deciding to write his own narrative, the name Forster became inseparable from the Cook voyages and Georg Forster in particular became intimately involved in the translation of the voyages into German.
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