Cook's Account of His Third Voyage

    Captain James Cook and Captain James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; Undertaken by Command of His Majesty, For Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere: Performed Under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, In the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. Being a Copious, Comprehensive, and Satisfactory Abridgement of the Voyage. London: Printed for John Stockdale, Scatcherd and Whitaker, John Fielding, and John Hardy, 1784. First octavo edition. Four octavo volumes. viii, [v]-xii, 370; [iii]-xii, 359; [iii]-xii, 400; [iii]-xii, 310, [1, blank], [35, index],[24, subscribers], [2, directions to binders], [2] publisher's ads pages. Copper-engraved portrait of Captain James Cook used as frontispiece. Two folding maps and numerous copper plates, including a folding plate titled "The Death of Captain James Cook, F.R.S. at Owhyhee in MDCCLXXIX". Contemporary leather recently rebacked with titles and ship vignettes stamped in gilt between five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Contemporary ownership label of "Revd T. Blackburne" on the front pastedown of each volume. Contents generally clean with occasional light foxing and toning. A handsome set in very good condition. Please visit for an extended description of this lot.

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    "An abridgement of Captain Cook's third voyage. This octavo edition is not to be confused with the second edition, which did not appear until 1785. This abridged edition is preferred by some readers because, the nautical and technical parts having been deleted, the work reads more like an adventure." - Beddie 1551. Sabin 16251. Forbes 69. Hill 362.

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