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Edinburgh: E. Balfour, Manners & Miller, 1803.
An attractive set in red morocco by SangorskiTwo volumes octavo, bound without half-titles; half red morocco by Sangorski. Remarkably detailed survey of colonial policy on the eve of the Napoleonic Wars. 'The larger portion of this scarce work relates to America, and...
London: Harper & Brothers, 1898. Octavo, frontispiece, four folding maps and other illustrations;, in contemporary half vellum, banded spine with double brown morocco labels, gilt. Second edition of this treatise on China at the turn of the century. Colquhoun, who spent several years in China as a special correspondent of...
Paris: Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1756. Octavo, engraved frontispiece portrait by Tardieu le fils, and 10 engraved plates by Chedel, engraved titlepage vignette, headpiece to dedication leaf and tailpieces at end of each canto; a very attractive copy in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson morocco label. First edition...
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 James Cook and Matthew Lane...
Cook's voyages: with the extra atlas, and uniform contemporary provenanceTogether eight volumes, quarto, and two folio Atlases; uniformly bound in contemporary polished diced russia leather, decorated in blind and gilt, atlases in half binding with marbled paper sides matching the endpapers of the text volumes; all volumes...
London: Alexander Hogg, circa 1780. Engraved chart, 185 x 355 mm, with decorative title cartouche in the upper right corner. An early map of the Society Islands in the South Pacific published by Alexander Hogg to illustrate the voyages and discoveries of the sea captains Byron, Wallis, Carteret and Cook...
London: Alexander Hogg, circa 1786. Engraved chart, 220 x 330 mm. Chart showing Cook's route around the Tongan Islands, which he discovered in 1773. The Islands are also known as the Friendly Islands because of the reception that Captain Cook received. Published for Anderson's New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages round the World.
London: circa 1788.
Cook's immortal nameEngraved view with poem, 195 x 105 mm., laid down on card. Rare Cook engraving, with commemorative poem, after a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Stothard was elected to the Royal Academy in 1794 and often collaborated with William Blake, although the present engraving...
London: Printed for Alex. Hogg, at the Kings' Arms, [c. 1784-1786].
Cook in a million wordsFolio, with altogether 157 engraved maps, plans and views; modern half calf. An unusually good, complete copy of this huge compendium of Cook's three voyages (and a few other voyage accounts), published quickly after...
Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1968-1974.
Authoritative editionFive volumes and portfolio of charts, thick octavo, coloured frontispieces, numerous black and white plates and maps (some folding), original decorated cloth with dust-jackets. The most reliable and authoritative narrative of Cook's three voyages, edited by J.C. Beaglehole. This set comprises the original Hakluyt.....
London, Royal Society, 1784. Bronze 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 which is affixed to a globe on verso. The Royal Society's formal memorial to the great navigator: one...
London: circa 1780.
Exceptionally rare medal, an early commemoration of Cook's deathBronze medal, 37 mm. Extremely rare: the "Courage and Perseverance" medal, struck soon after news of Cook's death reached England. News of Cook's death was first published in Büsching's Wöchentlichte Nachrichten (Berlin, 1780) in early January 1780, via...
London: imprint clipped, but S.A. Cumberlege, 1 July, 1781. Engraving, 145 x 180 mm., laid paper, mounted. Early and very important representation of the death of Captain Cook: evidently based on John Webber's original painting, this engraving actually predates the more famous Bartolozzi engraving with which Webber's name is now...
London: Sold in Spur Street, Leicester Square, n.d. [but 1784].
The very rare variant issueOval engraving, 350 x 265 mm. (image size). Mounted. Rare variant of the famous engraving of Cook's death showing, as the caption notes, "Part of the Original Plate after Webber" and presumably quite literally printed...
Paris: chez Morin, 1787.
Cook admired in Enlightenment FranceOctavo, 118 pp. (last blank), period-style red crushed morocco, spine gilt with raised bands. A very scarce, florid and rather entertaining elegy for Cook, published in Paris, which shows the very high regard in which Cook was held in Enlightenment France...
Florence: Printed for Gaetano Cambiagi, Printer of his Royal Highness, 1785.
This prodigy of natureQuarto, with titles in Italian and English facing, each with engraved vignette of the Royal Society Cook Medal, unpressed and unopened, a tall and handsome copy in black polished calf antique. Rare, eccentric, but beautiful...
Madrid: Imprenta de Don Tomás Jordan, 1832. Six volumes, duodecimo, 6 engraved plates (one in each volume), original blue printed wrappers preserved, early owner's name on the title-pages, old stamps from Barcelona library, bookplates of José Gallart Folch; a charming set in contemporary Spanish quarter calf, gilt. Very uncommon first.....
Paris: Saillant et Nyon, 1774.
Cape Tribulation to Cape YorkEngraved map, 295 x 335 mm.; original folds. French edition of Cook's chart, which was published the previous year in an engraving by John Cheevers after Cook's original for Hawkesworth's official account of the first voyage. This was the earliest...
Paris: Saillant et Nyon, 1774.
Point Hicks to Cape YorkEngraved map, 370 x 785 mm.; original folds; with good margins; 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...
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 original 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, complete with the rare dedication leaf; trimmed to a square octavo size, with pages cut close to the text; an unusual copy but in fact most attractive, bound in contemporary polished...