A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by Command of his Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere…. COOK: THIRD VOYAGE, James COOK, James KING.
A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by Command of his Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere…
A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by Command of his Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere…

A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean…
A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by Command of his Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere…

London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol... and T. Cadell, 1784.

Three volumes, quarto, and an atlas, folio, with altogether 87 engraved plates and maps, of which 63 appear in the atlas; contemporary diced russia leather, flat spines gilt in compartments with a complex design, black leather lettering pieces and round crimsons numbering-pieces within dark green labels; the atlas volume in a neat modern binding of half calf and marbled boards.

Official account of the third voyage

First edition of the official account of Cook's last voyage. This is a good set of this great publication, so popular at the time that copies were sometimes literally read to pieces. "A magnificent summation of all the public and private journals, logs, drawings and other observations made during the voyage, and… as important a record of the exploration of the North Pacific as Cook's first two voyages had been for the South Pacific. It is in fact one of the most important English books published in the last quarter of the eighteenth century…" (Forbes).

First edition of the official account of Cook's last voyage. This is a good set of this great publication, so popular at the time that copies were sometimes literally read to pieces. "A magnificent summation of all the public and private journals, logs, drawings and other observations made during the voyage, and… as important a record of the exploration of the North Pacific as Cook's first two voyages had been for the South Pacific. It is in fact one of the most important English books published in the last quarter of the eighteenth century…" (Forbes).
The full story of the voyage, and Cook's eventual murder while revisiting the Hawaiian Islands, was so eagerly awaited by the English public that the entire first edition was sold out within three days, at the then huge price of four pounds fourteen shillings and sixpence, and copies were soon changing hands at up to ten guineas.
The official artist on the voyage was John Webber, and his romantic views of the islands of the Pacific which appear as engravings here remain the most evocative portrayals of the islands - helping to create the notion of an island paradise that so affected the European public eagerly reading the voyages of discovery being published in the eighteenth century.

Provenance: Robert Baker (early signature in volume 1); H. Mackenzie-Begg, with his small bookplate in each volume.

Beddie, 1552; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 85; Hawaii One Hundred, 5; Hill, 361; O'Reilly-Reitman, 434.

Price (AUD): $21,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #4401862

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