Printed 1785: 3 Vols In 4to. A Very Attractive Set Of Cook's Third Voyage For Sale
PRINTED 1785: 3 VOLS IN 4to. A VERY ATTRACTIVE SET OF COOK'S THIRD VOYAGE
AN IMPORTANT EDITION OF ONE OF THE GREAT VOYAGES
24 (Twenty-Four) MAPS & PLATES
THE SEARCH FOR THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE WHICH ENDED WITH HIS DEATH IN HAWAIIThe Set:
Cook, James, Capt., 1728-79: Third Voyage A voyage to the Pacific Ocean. : Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore. In His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery ; in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780 ... Vols. I and II. written by Captain James Cook vol. III. by Captain James King ... The second edition ... London : Printed by H. Hughs, for G. Nicol ; and T. Cadell, 1785. 4to. 30 x 24 cm., 3 vols; COMPLETE WITH 24 MAPS/PLATES (7, 11 , and 6 in each respective volume) without the separate but occasional accompaning atlas vol. A VERY HANDSOME SET of full speckled calf and gilt, sympathetic period style spines, boards expertly relaid, some wear to boards, some corner bumping, some foxing and offsetting as always, generally a clean set, blanks renewed, marbled past-downs, all edges gilt.
A LESSER COPY AT sale:Cook, James, Capt., 1728-79: Third Voyage - A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. L, 1785 - 2d Ed - 3 vols; lacking Atlas vol. 4to, - contemp calf - rubbed - Some spotting - Bonhams, June 12, 2007, lot 296, ($2,475) - Howes"In three voyages Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved. As he progressed on his voyages of discovery he surveyed and named features, and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time. He displayed a combination ofseamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage and an ability to lead men in adverse conditions.Cook was killed in Hawaii in a fight with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific in 1779. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his successors well into the 20th century and numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to him." [Wikipedia]
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