A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World. Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing a New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive… Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages… and now publishing under the immediate direction of George William Anderson, Esq. COOK: COLLECTED VOYAGES, George William ANDERSON.

A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World…
A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World. Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing a New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive… Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages… and now publishing under the immediate direction of George William Anderson, Esq.

London: Printed for Alex. Hogg, at the Kings' Arms, 1784-1786.

Folio, with altogether 157 engraved maps, plans and views, with about 25 of the plates having more than one image; modern half calf.

Cook in a million words

An unusually good, complete copy of this huge compendium of Cook's three voyages (and accounts of a few other voyages: Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Anson and Drake), published quickly after publication of the official accounts of the Cook voyages. Either in its issue in separate parts or as a single volume, this is a publication that must have been widely read to pieces given the poor condition in which most copies survive today. This popular single-volume edition of Cook's Voyages is in a format that manages to squeeze over a million words into the one volume. It was 'printed in a very large edition over a number of years… The added list of subscribers has numerous variations, and the title pages appear with several distinct forms…' (Forbes). This copy corresponds to the third of the four states identified by Forbes, with a lettering change on the title-page. Originally published in eighty sixpenny numbers, most of them including two engravings, the book was gathered together either by subscribers to the parts or later by the publishers to make a single volume. This is an example of the volume issue, which therefore dispenses with any list of subscribers.

An unusually good, complete copy of this huge compendium of Cook's three voyages (and accounts of a few other voyages: Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Anson and Drake), published quickly after publication of the official accounts of the Cook voyages. Either in its issue in separate parts or as a single volume, this is a publication that must have been widely read to pieces given the poor condition in which most copies survive today. This popular single-volume edition of Cook's Voyages is in a format that manages to squeeze over a million words into the one volume. It was 'printed in a very large edition over a number of years… The added list of subscribers has numerous variations, and the title pages appear with several distinct forms…' (Forbes). This copy corresponds to the third of the four states identified by Forbes, with a lettering change on the title-page. Originally published in eighty sixpenny numbers, most of them including two engravings, the book was gathered together either by subscribers to the parts or later by the publishers to make a single volume. This is an example of the volume issue, which therefore dispenses with any list of subscribers.

Anderson says of his popular one-volume version that he was 'assisted, very materially, by a Principal Officer who sailed in the Resolution… and by other Gentlemen of the Royal Navy', and certainly the text does include material not found in the official accounts. He also harangues us that 'some other Editions of these Works (unnecessarily extended to many large volumes, by loose printing, blank paper, and other artifices, practised by many mercinary persons) would cost the purchaser the enormous sum of upwards of Twenty Guineas; so that the thousands of persons who would wish to peruse the valuable discoveries so partially communicated to the world, and view the astonishing fine copper plates, have hitherto been excluded from gratifying their eager curiosity; This Edition, being published in only Eighty Six-penny Numbers (making, when completed, One Large Handsome Volume in Folio) enables every person, whatever may be his circumstances, to become familiarly acquainted with those extraordinary and important voyages and discoveries… and the obvious intention of the King and Government, that the Improvements and Discoveries… might be communicated to the whole world, will of course be more fully answered'.

Anderson also changed his mind a few times: while the title-page fairly accurately notes that it contains "upwards of one hundred and fifty" engravings, the Preface is still claiming "upwards of two hundred and twenty". In fact there are altogether 157 engravings, confirmed by the listing of plates on the final leaf.

Provenance: Private collection (Australia).

Beddie, 19; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 61 (state III); Hill, 18; Holmes first edition, 54.

Condition Report: In excellent condition.

Price (AUD): $6,400.00

US$4,545.45   Other currencies

Ref: #4504297

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