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    An Account of Cook's Third Voyage
    by the Surgeon's Mate

    W[illiam] Ellis. An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage Performed by Captain Cook and Captain Clerke in His Majesty's Ships Resolution and Discovery, During the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780... London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell, and J. Debrett, 1783. Second edition. One work in two octavo volumes. [viii], 358, [1] "Directions for Placing the Cuts": [vi], 347 pages. Twenty-one engraved plates, lacking chart. Rebound in modern half leather over marbled paper covered boards, with gilt lettered leather title labels on spines. Bindings lightly rubbed, first volume with small leather chips along joints; small holograph pencil bookseller's annotation on front pastedown, small dots marking each entry [with the exception of the missing chart] on the "Directions for Placing the Cuts" page in volume one, image offset from plates on facing pages, volume one minor paper loss in outer margin of leaf Y1, pages foxed and soiled, few small edge tears, corner bends and creases; else in very good condition.
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    "[The second edition] follows the first edition practically without alteration, with the exception of the title pages." - [Hill, 556].

    [From the first edition description]: "Ellis was a surgeon's mate during Cook's third voyage, first on the Discovery and later on the Resolution, and gives quite a good history of this expedition. This account was published two years before the official narrative. Captain Clerke, in his dying letter to Sir Joseph Banks, commended Ellis, but Ellis forfeited Banks's regard by publishing his account of the voyage in contravention of the Admiralty instruction to surrender all journals and logs. It appears that, needing money, Ellis sold his narrative to a bookseller for fifty guineas. The fine plates are among the earliest published on the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and the Northwest." - [Hill, 555].



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