A complete set of the three official voyage accounts. Captain James COOK.
A complete set of the three official voyage accounts.
A complete set of the three official voyage accounts.
A complete set of the three official voyage accounts.
A complete set of the three official voyage accounts.
A complete set of the three official voyage accounts.
A complete set of the three official voyage accounts.

A complete set of the three official voyage accounts.

London: Strahan, Cadell and Nicol, 1773, 1784 & 1785.

Together eight volumes, quarto, and a folio atlas; eighteenth-century polished tree calf, spines ornately panelled in gilt between raised bands, red leather lettering and red upon green numbering pieces, sides bordered in gilt, marbled endpapers, green silk markers; atlas volume bound to match; armorial bookplates, printed booktickets.

Cook's voyages, in fine contemporary bindings, from the library of a Cook shipmate

A beautiful and most desirable set of Cook's voyages, with direct provenance from an early shipmate of James Cook.

A beautiful and most desirable set of Cook's voyages, with direct provenance from an early shipmate of James Cook.

The set is made up as follows:

FIRST VOYAGE. HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere…

Three volumes, quarto, 52 engraved plates and maps, many folding. London, 1773.

Second and best edition, more complete and revised by the voyage's astronomer William Wales, and with the "Chart of the Straights of Magellan" and "Description of the Cuts" (missing in most examples of the first edition) as well as the extra prefatory material.

SECOND VOYAGE. COOK, James. A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World…

Two volumes, quarto, with 63 engraved plates and maps. London, 1777.

Fourth edition, as often found in contemporarily assembled sets; this was the version available at the time that the third voyage appeared.

THIRD VOYAGE. COOK, James and James KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean…

Three volumes, quarto, 24 engraved maps and coastal profiles; with separate folio Atlas, containing 2 folding maps with 61 engraved plates with the additional 'Death of Cook' plate. London, 1784.

Second and best edition, better printed than the first.

Sets of the voyages are seen in many combinations of editions: this particular combination, generally regarded as a good way to have the set, is one of those seen with some regularity.

The series of official Cook narratives is the cornerstone of any collection of books relating to Australia or the Pacific. Illustrated with marvellous engravings based on the work of the official artists on the voyages, including Parkinson, Hodges, and Webber, the series stands as the great monument to Cook's achievements.

This beautiful set, in uniform eighteenth-century bindings, was originally the property of Edward Columbine (d. 1788), who had served alongside Cook on HMS Pembroke. Columbine was one of three lieutenants under Captain John Simcoe when Cook joined the ship at Portsmouth as master on 27 October 1757. Another figure on Pembroke with whom Cook would also remain a close friend was the purser, Richard Wise.

Columbine served aboard Pembroke from April 1757 to August 1758 as Third Lieutenant. He and Cook participated in the blockade and successful siege of Louisbourg, completed in early August. By one of those quirks of history, La Pérouse was there at the same time, on the Zephire which unloaded French troops at Port Dauphin in June of that year.

Shortly after the siege, Columbine was discharged sick by order of Admiral Boscawen. From 1771 to 1774 he was Lieutenant in command of the British armed cutter Wells, part of the Downs squadron intercepting Dutch shipping in the Channel. He married Sarah Thorneloe in 1760; their son, Edward Henry Columbine (1763-1811), hydrographer, colonial governor, and accomplished artist, would have a significant naval and administrative career.

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Provenance: Edward Columbine (with armorial bookplates); printed book-tickets of the Columbine family home at Lypiatt Park in most volumes.

Beddie, 650, 1229, 1552; Hill, 783, 358 (different edition), 361; Holmes, 5, 24, 47. John Robson, Captain Cook's War & Peace: The Royal Navy Years, 1755–1768 (UNSW, 2009).

Condition Report: A fine set, with occasional mild spotting or offsetting from plates as often the case; the bindings of the text volumes in superb original condition, atlas volume in a later binding to match.

Price (AUD): $84,000.00

US$59,131.10   Other currencies

Ref: #5000274

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