The Robert and Mary Anne Parks Collection. The Captain James Cook collection of Bob and Mary Anne Parks is a landmark of its kind, and represents the finest such collection offered. This comprehensive and extensively illustrated catalogue will undoubtedly become one of the standard reference works on the subject.
The first part of the catalogue includes 138 items, divided into five sections, each item being fully described bibliographically and illustrated. The sections cover Dampier to Swift; the Anson expedition; The South Pacific before Cook; The North Pacific before Cook; and finally, James Cook himself.
The second part of the catalogue continues the story of Pacific discovery and exploration from La Pérouse to Wilkes, the immediate post-Cook period to the middle of the nineteenth century.
This catalogue includes many of the major items from the library of Robert Edwards, some so rare they are known in only a handful of copies, as well as several interesting manuscripts and pictures. Overall the condition is excellent and it is a pleasure to see so much beautifully preserved nineteenth-century material. He took great pains to acquire books in original cloth and pamphlets in publisher's wrappers. Furthermore, he spared no expense in binding and restoring his beloved treasures and this work was done at the highest level, often by English binders including Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Bayntun and Aquarius.
This catalogue describes 242 books, almost all 19th-century, with just five earlier titles and a handful of 20th-century books. This second catalogue from the Edwards Collection covers politics, exploration, the Australian Aborigines, emigration, convicts, transportation and colonial policy.