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JOSEPH II (1741-1790). Holy Roman Emperor.
Letter Signed ('Joseph' with paraph) to Professor Forster, 1 page 4to with integral blank (lightly tipped down), Vienna, 27 February 1787. Accepting the dedication of a book: his usual rule was to decline such requests, but that he would make an exception in this case, both on account of the author and that of the publisher.
Georg Forster and his father Johann accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage around the world, from 1772 to 1775, and their account of A Voyage round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop Resolution... was published in English in 1777. Forster's own German translation appeared a year later and was widely hailed as a masterpiece of the genre of travel literature. Forster also published a German translation of Cook's diaries.
Provenance: from a collection formed by A.M. Broadley in 1903.
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