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    The Three Voyages of Captain Cook
    Including the Suppressed "Streights
    of Magellan" Chart in First Edition

    Captain Cook's Voyages in Nine Volumes. All books uniformly bound in full calf with gilt ruled borders, five raised bands on spine with gilt lettered leather title labels, gilt rules and floral designs in compartments, marbled edges and matching endpapers. Each volume has the bookplate: "Ex-Libris/ Edward and Ruby Thalmann" and the armorial bookplate "Godfrey Meynell, Esq./ Meynell Langley" on front pastedown. Library location label on each rear pastedown.

    [Captain James Cook]. John Hawkesworth.
    An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, And successively Performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Carteret, Captain Wallis, And Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour... In Three Volumes... London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand, 1773. First edition. One work in three quartos (approximately 8.5 x 11 inches). xxxvi, [4], 676: xv, [1], 410: vi, [411]-799 pages. Fifty-two charts and engraved plates, several folding. Includes the suppressed "Streights of Magellan" chart, rarely found in the first edition. All volumes collate complete. Bindings rubbed, scuffed, chipped, and soiled; boards coming loose, joints and hinges cracked, backstrip tears and darkened spines. First volume has a small catalog entry on its front pastedown and three small holograph ink corrections on its "Directions for Placing the Cuts and Charts" page. "Streights of Magellan" chart with an old paper repair on verso reinforcing a tear in the inner margin. Second volume front board detached, title page with small hole in lower corner (no affect) and small hole in H3 affecting page number. Occasional dampstains in the margins, some image offset from plates, foxing, few small edge tears, plates with light fold wear and small separations.

    [Together with:] Captain James Cook. 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. Written by James Cook, Commander of the Resolution... In Two Volumes... London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1784. Fourth edition. Two large quarto volumes (approximately 9 x 11 inches). xl, 378: [8], 396 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Captain James Cook by J. Basire after Wm. Hodges in Volume I, sixty-three engraved plates and charts (some folding). Folding table facing page 364 in Volume II. Both volumes collate complete. Plate facing page 310 in volume one trimmed with its title "The Chief at St. Christina" mounted on its verso. Bindings rubbed, scuffed, chipped, and soiled; boards coming loose, joints and hinges cracked, backstrip tears and darkened spines. First volume rear board detaching, pages over-opened at 375. Second volume both boards detached, dampstain in lower corner affecting first half of book, folding chart at page 198 with additional bends and small tears. Some image offset from plates, foxing and browning (heavier on plates and adjacent pages), few small edge tears, plates with light fold wear and small separations, light creases, few corner bends, occasional minor soiling or stains.

    [And:] Captain James Cook and Captain James King. 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. In Three Volumes. Vol. I and II written by Captain James Cook, F.R.S. Vol. III by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S. Published by Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. London: Printed by H. Hughes: For G. Nicol; and T. Cadell, 1785. Second edition. Three quarto volumes (approximately 9 x 11 inches) and one large folio atlas volume (approximately 16 x 22 inches). [10], xcvi, 421, [1, blank]; [14], 548; [14], [1, blank], 556 pages. Twenty-four engraved plates and charts (some folding) in the text volumes, and sixty-three large plates and charts (one folding, one double-page) in the folio atlas volume. Folding table facing page 528 in Volume III. Few plates bound out of order, but still present. Collates complete. Bindings rubbed, scuffed, chipped, and soiled; boards coming loose, joints and hinges cracked, backstrip tears and darkened spines. First volume title label on spine chipped affecting title and volume number. Second volume front board detaching, tear in blank leaf facing title page. Third volume front cover detached, dampstain in upper corner affecting first half of book, plate facing page 407 has a holograph pencil "407" in its background. The "General Chart exhibiting Captain Cook's Discoveries" in the large folio volume has a repaired 24 inch tear (the length of the map). Pages and plates cockled, some image offset from plates, varying degrees of foxing and browning (heavier on plates in folio volume), few small edge tears, folding plates with light fold wear and small fold separations, light creases, few corner bends, occasional soiling or stains.

    Nine volumes. Internally in very good condition and excellent candidates for rebacking or rebinding.

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    "On his first voyage, 25 August 1768 to 12 July 1771, Cook circumnavigated New Zealand and for the first time explored the east coast of Australia...of which he took possession for Great Britain; he also sailed through the straits separating New Guinea and Australia. On the second, and historically most important, voyage (13 July 1772 to 30 July 1775) he began by cruising as far south as possible around the edge of the antarctic ice. He again visited New Zealand and, cruising through the Pacific, discovered, or explored again, many of the islands, in particular New Caledonia, Palmerston and Norfolk Islands, Easter Island, the Marquesas, New Hebrides, Tonga, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia.

    "The third voyage (11 July 1776 to 4 October 1780) was undertaken to find the North-West Passage from Europe to the East. After again visiting Tasmania, New Zealand and many Pacific Islands, Cook sailed on to North America, discovering on the way the Cook Islands and the Hawaiian group. He charted the North American coast from Oregon as far north as the Bering Strait, where ice turned him back. On the way back the great explorer was killed [in 1779] in a fight with natives in Hawaii.

    "Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilization and by the foundation of British Australia. The world was given for the first time an essentially complete knowledge of the Pacific Ocean and Australia, and Cook proved once and for all that there was no great southern continent, as had always been believed. He also suggested the existence of antarctic land in the southern ice ring, a fact which was not proved until the explorations of the nineteenth century.

    "Cook was a brilliant navigator and hydrographer, and excellent administrator and planner, and probably the first sea captain to realize the importance of preserving the health and well-being of his crew." (Printing and the Mind of Man, 223).



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