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    The "Anonymous" Journal of Captain Cook's Third Voyage

    Captain James Cook. [John Rickman]. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery; Performed in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779. Illustrated with Cuts, and a Chart, shewing the Tracts of the Ships employed in this Expedition. Faithfully Narrated from the original MS. Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Price, Whitestone, Chamberlaine, R. Cross..., 1781. First Dublin edition. Octavo. [4], xlvii, 396 pages. Five engravings and one large folding map. Bound in full calf, decorated board edges, spine with five raised bands and gilt lettered leather title label. Binding rubbed, scuffed, and lightly soiled, corners bumped, front board coming loose, spine darkened and leather crazed; rear hinge cracked, endpapers with bleedthrough and off-set in the borders from leather turn-ins, small holograph bookseller's marks on front endpapers, front free endpaper coming loose, lacking rear free endpaper, previous owner's holograph ink name in upper margin of title page, small pencil check marks on last page's "Directions for Placing the Cuts", image offset from maps and plates, some foxing and spots of browning, few small edge tears with minor paper loss, creases, corner bends, occasional soiling or stains; otherwise internally in very good condition.
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    "This anonymous journal of Captain Cook's third voyage was once believed to have been written by John Ledyard, who had actually made liberal use of Lieutenant Rickman's account in his own narrative; hence the confusion. The work has also been attributed to William Ellis, surgeon on the Discovery. This narrative anticipated the government's authorized account by two years. All the journals kept on board were claimed by the Admiralty, thus the author remained strictly anonymous. The text, especially as regards details of Cook's death, differs considerably from other accounts." - [Hill, 1453].

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