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Author: Cook, James (1728-1779) etal

Year: 1773-1784

Publisher: W Strahan and T Cadell

Place: London


9 volumes including atlas. First Voyage: An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Cartaret and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour. Drawn up from the Journals which were kept by the several Commanders, and from the Papers of Joseph Banks, Esq; by John Hawksworth. 3 Quarto (11 1/2" x 9 1/2") volumes. Volume I: [12]+xxxvi+[4]_[1]-138[139-360 140-359 omitted in numbering]+[1 blank]+[2] [363]-676 pages; 21 copper engraved maps, charts and views with 17 folding, Magellan map laid in not found in first editions. This copy has the directions for placing the cuts (Vol I, signature f, bound between signatures e and B), which according to Holmes, are found in later issues of the first edition. The first edition is preferred for its plates. Volume II: xv+[1]+410 pages with 22 copper engraved plates, maps, charts, scenes, views, fauna, antiquities, costume with 19 folding. Volume III: [6]+[411]-799+[1 blank] pages with 9 copper engraved plates, figures, antiquities, scenes, views, maps, charts and fauna(6 folding). Second Voyage: A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775 by James Cook and Tobias Furneaux. Two Quarto (12" x 9 1/2") volumes. Volume I: xl+378 pages with frontispiece 9 copper engraved maps (2 folding, 1 two page folding and 2 two pages) and 27 plates (10 two page and 3 two page folding). Volume II: [vi]+[1]-396 pages with 27 copper engraved maps (2 large folding maps/charts, 1 smaller folding, 4 full page maps), 20 prints (9 full page, 8 double page and 3 folding plates), tables (one folding) and language pronunciation. Third voyage: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by Command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerk, and Gore, in his Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery, In the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780 by by James Cook and James King. 3 Quarto (11 1/2" x 9 1/2") volumes and atlas. Volume I: [10]+xcvi+421 pages with tables, 7 copper engraved maps(4 folding) and one folding view. Plates 117 indicated to bound into folio volume is bound into this volume and plate 355 indicated to be bound into this volume is bound into folio. Map at page 205, should have been bound in at page 5 volume II. Volume II: [10]+548 pages with, 6 copper engraved maps (4 folding) and 4 fold out views. Volume III: [14]+564+[ad] pages with appendices with one folding page, 5 copper engraved maps (3 fold out) and one fold out view. Atlas in folio (22" x 16 1/2"): 2 folding charts (of the world and of the coasts of Northwestern America and Northeastern Asia) and 61 copper engraved plates. Uniformly bound in half leather with red and black labels to spine with gilt lettering. Included is an Article about the third voyage from London Magazine July 1780 pages 307-312 by the pseud of Periplus entitled A Summary Account of the still unfinished Voyage, undertaken by Order of Government, in his Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery. Compiled from all the authentick Papers hitherto extant, and illustrated by a new accurate, and extensive Chart of the said Voyage, pointing out the Discoveries made in the Course of it. (Beddie: 1780). (Howes C729a; Sabin 16250) First editions.

Complete set in first edition of the seminal voyages of the greatest of all explorers of the Pacific Ocean, culminating in his final, fruitless search for a Northwest Passage, the discover of the Sandwich Islands, and his death at the hands of the natives of those same islands. The first voyage details his voyage to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus, and his masterful charting of New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, etc. Presented to the world are some of the earliest descriptions and illustrations of the wonders of the Pacific, including Tahiti, the Society Islands, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia and more. Written by John Hawkesworth from Cook's notes, but in the first person, i.e the person of Cook. Cook was not happy with the treatment, and following the second voyage insisted on editing his own account of the expedition. The second voyage, his search for the great Antarctic continent, was written by himself, although he left on his third voyage before the book was printed so that he was never able to see the finished product. Superbly illustrated with, in Cook's words, "about sixty copper plates, which, I am of opinion, will exceed every thing that has been done in a work of this kind." Cook's third and final voyage relates the expedition in which the Sandwich Islands [now Hawaiian Islands] were discovered. Cook would be killed by the initially friendly natives of Hawaii. Also, in Cook's search for the Northwest Passage, he surveyed the straits between Asia and America and ascertained the proximity between them, and there is much information on the northwest coast of North America, Alaska, Kamchatka, and other northern climes. The first two volumes were the work of Cook himself, the third was completed by Captain James King. The publication of this official account was much delayed, and, according to Holmes, "it was so eagerly awaited by the public that it was sold out on the third day after publication". Forbes declares the work to be "arguably the single most important book on the Hawaiian Islands" which "documents all aspects of Hawaiian culture at the point of discovery by Europeans. It is a magnificent summation of all the public and private journals, logs, drawings, and other observations made during the course of the voyage and is as important a record of the exploration of the North Pacific as Cook's first two voyages had been for the South Pacific." He further notes that twelve of the plates in the atlas relate to Hawaii, as do two of the charts in the text volumes.


Attractively bound in modern half leather with new ends papers. Some occasional offset of plates to text. Atlas with a damp stain to for edge margin, large folding map reinforce at folds else a better than very good set.

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