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Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Guillaume, 1797.
First French issueTwo volumes, octavo, good impressions of the six folding engraved plates after Parkinson, a particularly handsome set in contemporary French mottled calf, flat spine gilt, double red and tan morocco labels. First French edition, first issue: the artist's account of Cook's...
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" An amusing letter from Lord Sandwich to John Hawkesworth, editor and ghostwriter of the official account of Cook's first voyage (An...
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. Duodecimo, 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 Natives of New-Holland, advancing to Combat)." A full-page of text...
Basle, J.J. Tourneisen, & Paris: Pissot, 1788.
Variant issueTwo volumes, octavo; contemporary French ex-libris (A. Fr. Miot) and with the nice green label of a 19th-century New Orleans bookseller; contemporary French sprinkled calf, First continental edition of the great life of Cook: this is the scarce second issue, and...
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: 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 Cook and Lane's Newfoundland Survey. Prepared in 1770, and carrying that...
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...
New York: Benjamin Gomez, circa 1779. Engraving, 13 x 10 cm. mounted and in a handsome early timber frame. Engraved portrait appeared as frontispiece to the New York octavo edition of third voyage, the image is based on Nathaniel Dance's original portrait, commissioned by Joseph Banks, for which Cook sat...
[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...
London: J.Webber, June 4, 1784.
Proof impression before lettersStipple engraving, oval 120 x 95 mm. a proof before letters; mounted. A 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 this decorative oval...
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1778.
A very rare Cook fantasy and the first New Zealand novelOctavo, with two etched plates; later quarter calf binding. First edition of one of the scarcest - and oddest - pieces of the entire Cook literature, now widely recognised as the first...
Utrecht & Amsterdam: G.T. van Paddenburg en Zoon & M. Schalekamp, 1793.
Revised Dutch versionSmall quarto, frontispiece and two plates, with an additional handcoloured double-hemisphere world map bound in; a good copy in contemporary half calf, flat spine gilt. Scarce second Dutch edition of Cook's second voyage of discovery...
Upsala: Johan Edman, 1783. Small octavo, with the half-title, early owner's names to preliminaries, contemporary navy-blue papered boards, manuscript label. A very rare edition, a Swedish-language compliation derived from both the official account of Cook's second voyage and Georg Forster's unofficial Voyage round the World. Issued the same year as...
London: Engravings printed by Boydell for the publishers Strahan and Cadell, 1777.
Cook second voyage atlas plates hand-picked by the master printer, with extra engravingsLarge folio atlas, with the full complement of 64 charts and plates published to accompany the voyage account and two extras (see below), some folding...
London: B. White, 1777 & 1778.
The Forsters' two independent accounts of Cook's second voyageThree volumes (the first work is in two volumes), quarto, with the large folding map in the first volume and the folding table of languages in the second work; bound without 1 p. list of...
Paris: chez Buisson, 1787.
First edition in FrenchTwo volumes, quarto, with a folding map and 16 engraved plates, some folding; contemporary mottled calf. Cook's second voyage and travels in South Africa, by the famous Swedish naturalist. This is the first edition in French, the most profusely illustrated of the...
London: F. Newbery, 1775.
The first account, and first landscape view, of the AntarcticOctavo, folding frontispiece map and five plates, leaf D2 a cancel as usual; in later polished light tan calf. First edition: the first full account of Cook's second voyage to have been published, and the earliest...
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785.
First French quarto editionFive quarto volumes, including the final atlas volume containing a total of 88 engraved maps and plates;uniform contemporary full calf armorial bindings. The desirable first French edition of the Cook's third voyage, here in outstanding contemporary French bindings bearing the arms.....
London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol... and T. Cadell, 1784.
The superb official narrative of Cook's third voyageThree volumes, quarto, and an atlas, folio, with altogether 87 engraved plates and maps, of which 63 appear in the atlas; contemporary diced russia leather, flat spines gilt...
London: Stockdale, Scatcherd and Whitaker, and others, 1784-5.
First octavo editionFour volumes, octavo, with two folding maps and 49 plates, in a smart modern binding of polished half-calf with gilt labels, with the often discarded half-titles present. First octavo edition of the third voyage account, with a large chart...
London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell; and J. Debrett, 1782.
Important alternative account, with a chapter on Tasmania and early Pacific viewsTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates; a fine copy in contemporary gilt calf. First edition: an attractive set of this rare account – the...
London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell; and J. Debrett, 1784.
A private account of Cook's third voyageTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates, bound with half-titles and directions for placing the cuts; in twentieth-century red morocco, gilt. A most attractive set: this is the uncommon third...