Troisième Voyage de Cook, ou Voyage à l'Océan Pacifique Ordonné par le Roi d'Angleterre, pour faire des Découvertes dans l'Hémisphère Nord, pour Déterminer la Position et l'Etendue de la Côte Ouest de l'Amérique Septentrionale, sa distance de l'Asie, &

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Author: Cook, James (1728-1779) etal

Year: 1785

Publisher: Hôtel de Thou

Place: Paris


4 volumes: Volume I: [4]+cxxxij-439+[3] pages with 16 plates (10 folding), 6 maps (5 folding) and appendixes. Volume II: 422 pages with 11 plates (9 folding) and 3 folding maps. Volume III: 488 pages with tables, 20 plates (13 folding) and 6 maps (5 folding); 552+[2] pages with tables (1 folding), appendixes, 14 plates (10 folding); 5 folding maps. Octavo (10 1/4" x 8") bound in three quarter leather with gilt lettering to spine. Translated by Jean-Nicolas Demeunier. (Beddie: 1556) First French edition.

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 honored 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, (Beddie)published in 1928 by the Public Library of New South Wales. This is the catalog 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 second edition (1970) has been fully revised and enormously extended and is probably the most complete. 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.


Spine ends repaired, some staining to back pages of some volumes, corners renewed but bumped, small repair to titles, otherwise a bright set.

SOLD 2012

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