The Life of Captain James Cook. COOK: LIFE, Andrew KIPPIS.

The Life of Captain James Cook.

Basle & Paris: J.J. Tourneisen/Pissot, 1788.

Two volumes, octavo; contemporary French sprinkled calf.

Variant issue

First continental edition of the great life of Cook: this is the scarce second issue, and probably the rarest of any of the editions of this important book. In this issue the title-page has been re-set to include the Paris imprint, and is therefore the first easily available edition for French readers. Much scarcer than the Basle only issue (published by Tourneisen alone), Holmes knew of it only from a doubtful entry in Jackson's catalogue Centenaire de la mort de Cook (Paris, 1879).

First continental edition of the great life of Cook: this is the scarce second issue, and probably the rarest of any of the editions of this important book. In this issue the title-page has been re-set to include the Paris imprint, and is therefore the first easily available edition for French readers. Much scarcer than the Basle only issue (published by Tourneisen alone), Holmes knew of it only from a doubtful entry in Jackson's catalogue Centenaire de la mort de Cook (Paris, 1879).

Provenance: A. Fr. Miot (French bookplate of the period); with the attractive green label of a 19th-century New Orleans bookseller.

Beddie, 33 (note); Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 151; Holmes, 70 (note).

Price (AUD): $3,200.00  other currencies Ref: #3307828

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