A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World"). COOK: SECOND VOYAGE, James COOK.
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").

A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage.
A hand-picked and extra-illustrated copy of the atlas of engravings for the official account of the second voyage ("A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World").

London: Engravings printed by Boydell for the publishers Strahan and Cadell, 1777.

Large folio atlas, with the full complement of 64 charts and plates published to accompany the voyage account and two extras (see below), some folding, the smaller plates mounted to size; in a very good modern quarter calf binding.

Cook second voyage atlas plates hand-picked by the master printer, with extra engravings

A remarkable reader ("J.T.") of the official account of Cook's second voyage in the year of publication has put this atlas volume together, an unusual and interesting assembly of the engraved plates prepared to illustrate the two text volumes of the official account of Cook's second voyage, here bound as a folio with the smaller plates extended to size by mounting on plain paper where necessary. The owner notes in ink at the start of the volume that "The Prints in this Volume are all picked impressions which were put by on purpose for me by Boydell who had the printing of them". He has added a page reference above each plate, and has extra-illustrated the volume with "the Chart belonging to Forster's account of the Voyage, and Bartolozzi's print of Omiah".

A remarkable reader ("J.T.") of the official account of Cook's second voyage in the year of publication has put this atlas volume together, an unusual and interesting assembly of the engraved plates prepared to illustrate the two text volumes of the official account of Cook's second voyage, here bound as a folio with the smaller plates extended to size by mounting on plain paper where necessary. The owner notes in ink at the start of the volume that "The Prints in this Volume are all picked impressions which were put by on purpose for me by Boydell who had the printing of them". He has added a page reference above each plate, and has extra-illustrated the volume with "the Chart belonging to Forster's account of the Voyage, and Bartolozzi's print of Omiah".

The two charts present have both been annotated by "J.T." to graphically illustrate the state of discoveries in the southern hemisphere, with navigators' tracks in different colours, with detailed explanations, similar on both charts: on the Cook chart "In this Chart the Coasts which are stained Yellow denote such Countries as have been long well known. Those which are stained Purple denote such Countries as have been partially discovered by former Navigators but have not been lately visited. Those which are stained Green denote such Lands and Islands which having been imperfectly discovered and described by former Adventurers have lately been visited, and their situation more accurately ascertained by modern Navigators. The Coasts stained Green do likewise include all the modern discoveries which are intirely new. NB By modern Navigators I mean such as have sailed on Discovery within these last ten or twelve Years. There being such a variety of tracks marked on this Chart as to occasion some confusion, I have traced the route of Captain Cook in the Resolution (which separated from his Consort) with red, and that of Capt. Furneaux (while separated) with blue and the joint track of both Ships while they sailed in company is marked with a double track of red and blue". The explanation of this complex but useful scheme is signed J.T. and dated 1777, the year of publication.

Nathaniel Dance's wonderful portrait of the Tahitian Omai included here, stipple-engraved by Bartolozzi (lower part of caption trimmed), adds to the exoticism of the series of engravings prepared for the second voyage. Hodges' presence as official artist on the voyage resulted also in a famous series of oil-paintings as well as these superb engravings. John Boydell, whom "J.T." commissioned to hand-pick best impressions of the engravings for this volume, was the most important print publisher of his day, and published numerous superb prints associated with voyages including John Webber's magnificent series on Cook's third voyage, the Views in the South Seas.

Cook had been disappointed with the publication of his first voyage and was determined that the second would not be similarly treated: '... "The Journal of my late voyage", he wrote to his friend Commodore Wilson at Great Ayton, "will be published in the course of next winter, and I am to have the sole advantage of sale. It will want those flourishes which Dr Hawkesworth gave the other, but it will be illustrated and ornamented with about sixty copper plates, which I am of opinion, will exceed every thing that has been done in a work of this kind" …' (Beaglehole). The dramatic illustrations after William Hodges, 'would have given pleasure to any author', though they were never in fact seen by Cook, who had embarked on his fatal last voyage by the time they appeared.

Provenance: An Eighteenth-century owner "J.T.".

Beaglehole, II, pp. cxliii-cxlvii; Beddie, 1216; Hill, 358; Holmes, 24; O'Reilly-Reitman, 390; Rosove, 77.A1; Spence, 314. For the Omai portrait: Beddie, 4569; Nan Kivell and Spence, p. 238 (illustrated, p. 75).

Price (AUD): $21,000.00  other currencies Ref: #4403130

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