Captain Cook's Third and Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean…
Captain Cook's Third and Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. Faithfully abridged from the Quarto Edition.

Hudson: Ashbel Stoddard, 1809.

Duodecimo (103 x 75mm, 5 x 3 ins.), [3], vi-x, [1], 12-96 pp. (lacking first and final blank). Printed on gray paper. Original blue paper boards, very skilfully restored, in a modern slipcase.

Rare Cook abridgement, printed in Hudson, New York

Very scarce American abridgement of Cook's third voyage, known to Forbes in just four copies (he also notes three copies in the National Union Catalog which are not currently listed in WorldCat).

Very scarce American abridgement of Cook's third voyage, known to Forbes in just four copies (he also notes three copies in the National Union Catalog which are not currently listed in WorldCat).

Although this reduced version of the narrative appeared quite late in the series of publications of the official account of the voyage, it ranks as an early American version, preceded only by the more substantial New York publication of 1796. A Philadelphia and other New York editions would appear in the years following this Hudson printing of 1809.

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Not recorded by Beddie; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 399; Shaw and Shoemaker, 17296.

Ref: #4505617