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CAPTAIN COOK'S VOYAGES: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE FRENCH TRANSLATIONS, 1772–1800

STANLEY ROBERTS (Deputy Librarian, University of Leeds)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 1 April 1947

Abstract

The bibliography of Cook's voyages is both lengthy and complicated, and, in spite of their far‐reaching importance, their historical and geographical significance, and their considerable literary influence, it has never yet been attempted in its entirety. ‘L'immortel Cook’ was honoured almost as much in France as he was in England, but no satisfactory account exists of the French translations of his works. Sir Maurice Holmes's Introduction to the bibliography of Captain James Cook, R.N., London, Edwards, 1936, is excellent for the original editions, but does not attempt to include translations. Of great value, too, is the Bibliography of Captain James Cook, R.N., F.R.S., circumnavigator, published in 1928 by the Public Library of New South Wales. This is the catalogue of what must have been a remarkably fine exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of Cook's birth, but it does not, of course, pretend to include items which were not available for display. The only other bibliography specifically devoted to Cook is the one by James Jackson prepared for the centenary of Captain Cook's death and published in the Bulletin de la Société de Géographie, 1879. This must be used with great caution. It has the appearance of having been compiled from entries sent in by various owners and put together without sufficient examination. At all events, while it naturally contains a very large number of French editions, many of them appear twice or even three times in slightly different disguises.

Citation

ROBERTS, S. (1947), "CAPTAIN COOK'S VOYAGES: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE FRENCH TRANSLATIONS, 1772–1800", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 160-176. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb026116

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