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London: for the Proprietor, 1821.
Proof version of a Captain Cook portrait plateEngraving, printed upon india paper sheet measuring 180 x 130mm., laid upon larger sheet;. Proof version on india paper, marked "proof" to lower left-hand corner. This portrait is based on the oil painting by Nathaniel Dance now...
London: William Strahan & Cadell, 1777.
The Hodges portraitEngraved portrait, 265 x 200 mm. Fine portrait of Cook after William Hodges. This oval head-and-shoulders portrait of the navigator as a young man was commissioned from the engraver Basire to be used as the frontispiece of the official account of...
London: James Ridgway, 1797-1814.
Hoping that Barangaroo will be saved from "lightning, sharks, and red men"Seventeen volumes, duodecimo, in attractive modern wrappers with double spine labels to each volume. A fine long run of an intriguing late-Georgian journal, with a good deal of interest to contemporary Australia, perhaps most...
Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-1851.
The first Danish circumnavigationThree volumes, octavo, tinted lithographs; uncut in the original quarter purple cloth with printed labels, brown boards. Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission...
London: B.B. Evans, 1790.
The most infamous moment in naval history: Bligh cast adriftColoured aquatint engraving, 455 x 620 mm., mounted and framed. The mutiny on the Bounty, Bligh and his men cast adrift: one of the best known of all maritime images, which includes the only known portrait...
Paris: chez Saillant & Nyon, 1771.
The first French voyage into the PacificQuarto, with twenty engraved charts, mostly folding, and three plates of boats; in a well-preserved contemporary French binding of cat's-paw mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, brown leather label. The first French circumnavigation and...
Neuchâtel: Société Thypographique [sic], 1773.
Bougainville's Tahiti: the South Sea paradiseTwo volumes in one, small octavo; a fine copy in a very attractive contemporary binding of marbled calf, sides bordered in gilt, the flat spine ornately gilt with a repeating drawer-handle design. An attractive copy of the Neuchâtel version.....
London: J. Nourse and T. Davies, 1772.
First English edition of BougainvilleQuarto, with five folding maps and a folding plate of canoes, the maps neatly refolded; a very good copy in recent polished tan calf, Greek key border to both boards, spine richly gilt, red morocco label. First English...
Papeete: Government printer, 1909. Octavo, 66pp, in later quarter cloth with titling wrappers bound in. Bound with another Papeete printed pamphlet Souvenirs de P. Marcantoni... 1879-1931 (Imprimerie de l'Oceanie 1932, 32pp, good in original wrappers although front cover and preliminaries a bit stained).
London: Ackermann, 1852.
Splendid marine lithographs by Queen Victoria's artistPair of colour lithographs, 375 x 535 mm. A fine pair of portraits of a splendid ship: these colour lithographs after original watercolours by Oswald Brierly were made by T. G. Dutton and printed by Day and Son for Ackermanns...
London: Thomas Martyn, 1787.
Scarce uncoloured versionUncoloured aquatint, 490 x 690 mm.; mounted. An unusual uncoloured version of the famous aquatint by James Cleveley, one of the four remarkable views of the Pacific done after the Cook voyages. The Cleveley aquatints were issued in various different states; one version...
London: circa 1788.
Cook's immortal nameEngraved view with poem, 195 x 105 mm., laid down on card. Rare Cook engraving, with commemorative poem, after a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Stothard was elected to the Royal Academy in 1794 and often collaborated with William Blake, although the present engraving...
London, Royal Society, 1784. Bronze medal, 43 mm. diameter, relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder which is affixed to a globe on verso. The Royal Society's formal memorial to the great navigator: one...
London: Becket and De Hondt, 1771.
Earliest account of the Endeavour voyage: from the library of George IIIQuarto, complete with the rare dedication leaf; trimmed to a square octavo size, with pages cut close to the text; an unusual copy but in fact most attractive, bound in contemporary polished...
Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Guillaume, 1797.
First French issueTwo volumes, octavo, good impressions of the six folding engraved plates after Parkinson, a particularly handsome set in contemporary French mottled calf, flat spine gilt, double red and tan morocco labels. First French edition, first issue: the artist's account of Cook's...
London: J K Sherwin, circa 1779.
Very first proof copy of first separately issued portrait of CookEngraving, artist's proof copy 275 x 235 mm, mounted and framed. A proof impression (before title, date and some letters) of the first issue of the first separately published engraving of Captain Cook...
New York: Benjamin Gomez, circa 1779. Engraving, 13 x 10 cm. mounted and in a handsome early timber frame. Engraved portrait appeared as frontispiece to the New York octavo edition of third voyage, the image is based on Nathaniel Dance's original portrait, commissioned by Joseph Banks, for which Cook sat...
Utrecht & Amsterdam: G.T. van Paddenburg en Zoon & M. Schalekamp, 1793.
Revised Dutch versionSmall quarto, frontispiece and two plates, with an additional handcoloured double-hemisphere world map bound in; a good copy in contemporary half calf, flat spine gilt. Scarce second Dutch edition of Cook's second voyage of discovery...
Paris: chez Buisson, 1787.
First edition in FrenchTwo volumes, quarto, with a folding map and 16 engraved plates, some folding; contemporary mottled calf. Cook's second voyage and travels in South Africa, by the famous Swedish naturalist. This is the first edition in French, the most profusely illustrated of the...
London: F. Newbery, 1775.
The first account, and first landscape view, of the AntarcticOctavo, folding frontispiece map and five plates, leaf D2 a cancel as usual; in later polished light tan calf. First edition: the first full account of Cook's second voyage to have been published, and the earliest...
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785.
First French quarto editionFive quarto volumes, including the final atlas volume containing a total of 88 engraved maps and plates;uniform contemporary full calf armorial bindings. The desirable first French edition of the Cook's third voyage, here in outstanding contemporary French bindings bearing the arms.....