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Paris: Saillant et Nyon, 1774.
Point Hicks to Cape YorkEngraved map, 370 x 785 mm.; original folds; mounted. Perhaps Cook's most famous chart, here in its first French version, prepared for the French language edition of the official account of the Endeavour voyage. The magnificent sweep of the east.....
Neuchatel: de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1772-1773.
The two earliest works on TahitiThree volumes, octavo; contemporary French tortoiseshell calf, flat spines gilt in compartments with floral decoration, double labels. A beautiful set in original French bindings of the two earliest works on Tahiti brought together to form a......
The Queensland coast charted by Cook on the EndeavourEngraved map, 325 x 360 mm; mounted. This fine engraved map is the earliest published charting of the coast of Queensland, commemorating one of the most memorable passages of Cook's first voyage. Prepared by Cook himself, the map details.....
London: The Royal Society, 1771.
Captain Cook's astronomy printed for the Royal SocietySmall quarto, pp. 397-436, with a folding plate and the title page for the Philosophical Transactions Vol. LXI bound in; in marbled wrappers. Three important articles relating to some of the chief scientific concerns of Cook's Endeavour.....
London: Elliot Stock, 1893.
First publication of the Corner JournalQuarto, with portrait frontispiece, four maps and plates bound in as well as three large folding charts in rear endpaper sleeve; in the original polished wooden boards, morocco spine lettered in gilt. A wonderful Cook relic: one of just fifty.....
London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1773.
The voyage of the Endeavour: an attractive set of the official accountThree volumes, quarto, with a total of 52 maps, views and plates (many folding), in contemporary speckled calf, very well rebacked preserving old title and numbering labels, a handsome set with.....
London: Becket and De Hondt, 1771.
Earliest account of the Endeavour voyage: from the library of George IIIQuarto; trimmed fairly closely to the text block; contemporary half calf and speckled boards, with the royal cipher of King George III in gilt on both covers. First edition of the earliest.....
London: Becket and De Hondt, 1771.
First account of the Endeavour voyageQuarto; a good copy in modern quarter calf and marbled boards by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. First edition of the earliest published account of Cook's first voyage to the Pacific: the rare first issue, with the leaf of dedication.....
London: C. Dilly and J. Phillips, 1784.
A highly unusual coloured Parkinson with the plates in two statesQuarto, second enlarged edition, with a frontispiece portrait, two maps (one double-page), and 26 engraved plates with fine hand-colouring and with the uncoloured plates bound in duplicate; notably wide margins, contemporary binding.....
Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Guillaume, 1797.
First French issueTwo volumes, octavo, six folding engraved plates after Parkinson, a handsome set in contemporary French mottled calf, flat spines gilt, double red and tan morocco labels. First French edition, first issue: the artist's account of Cook's first voyage and the discovery.....
London: c. 1771.
First Lord of the Admiralty to Cook's first editorQuarto, autograph manuscript in ink; single page on a bifolium with address panel; on paper watermarked "LVG" Amusing original letter from Sandwich to John Hawkesworth, ghostwriter of the official account of Cook's first voyage (following item). Sandwich writes.....
Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1772.
First French editionOctavo, blind-stamped ex-libris to half title; contemporary French marbled calf, flat spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. A fine copy of the first French account of Cook's Endeavour voyage, and the first French book on the east coast of Australia. Fréville.....
Boston: Mills & Hicks, 1774.
Imaginative American almanac depiction of Maori and Aborigines in 1774Duodecimo, 32 pp., original printed wrappers. Rare American-printed Almanac with an important notice of "An Account of the Inhabitants of New Zealand, (embellished with an elegant Representation of a Warrior of that Nation, and two.....
Basle & Paris: J.J. Tourneisen/Pissot, 1788.
Variant issueTwo volumes, octavo; contemporary French sprinkled calf. First continental edition of the great life of Cook: this is the scarce second issue, and probably the rarest of any of the editions of this important book. In this issue the title-page has been.....
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1789.
Lord Sydney's copyTwo volumes, octavo; bound with the half-titles in contemporary French mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments; quarter calf bookform box. An important association copy, being Thomas Townshend's copy of the Kippis biography of Captain Cook. This handsome French octavo edition bears his.....
London: J. Davy and Sons, 1923.
The important Bolckow saleOctavo, frontispiece, neatly annotated; in original green printed wrappers, cloth box. A very good copy of this auction catalogue for Sotheby's 1923 Bolckow sale, one of the most important sales of manuscript materials relating to Captain Cook. This copy was.....
London: Royal Society, 1784.
One of 322 silver specimensSilver medal, 43 mm. diameter; relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder and globe on verso. The handsome silver issue of the Royal Society's formal.....
London: printed for Robert Sayer and John Bennet, 53 Fleet Street, 1775.
James Cook proves his worthEngraved chart, 540 x 705 mm. with simple early handcolouring to the coastlines. Attractive large-format map of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, derived from the survey work of Chabert (1750-51) and Fleurieu (1769).....
London: Printed for R. Sayer & I. Bennet at No. 53 in Fleet Street, "10 May 1770" but issued 1775.
Gilbert and Lane completing Cook's Newfoundland SurveyDouble page engraved chart, 518 x 716 mm. A splendid map from the Newfoundland Survey, the project which established Cook's reputation and ultimately.....
London: J K Sherwin, circa 1779.
Very first proof copy of first separately issued portrait of CookEngraving, artist's proof copy 275 x 235 mm, mounted and framed. A proof impression (before title, date and some letters) of the first issue of the first separately published engraving of Captain Cook.....
[Holland]: Klauber, 1793.
Rare separately issued portrait from 1793Engraved portrait, 19.7 x 13.7 cm. Most uncommon: an apparently separately-issued engraving of Captain Cook, based on the famous Nathaniel Dance/Sherwin engraving of 1779. This famous portrait is the trademark image of Cook, and this is a fine eighteenth-century version. The.....
New York: Benjamin Gomez, circa 1779.
An American version of the Dance portraitEngraving, 130 x 100 mm, mounted and in a handsome early timber frame. Scarce American-published portrait: the engraving appeared as frontispiece to the New York octavo edition of Cook's third voyage. The depiction is based on Nathaniel.....
London: J.Webber, June 4, 1784.
Proof impression before lettersStipple engraving, oval 120 x 95 mm, printed in sepia; a proof before letters; mounted. Rare proof impression before letters of John Webber's and Francesco Bartolozzi's fine oval portrait of Captain Cook. This portrait has a very large margin, unusual for.....
London: Whittaker & Co., 1838.
Scarce London issueOctavo, old half calf, spine banded in gilt and decorated in blind. This is the London printing of Home's work printed in Edinburgh the year before. A punchy and garrulous medley of biographical anecdotes by George Home, the son of Alexander Home.....