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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...
The Queensland coast charted by Cook on the EndeavourEngraved map, 325 x 360 mm. Mounted. The earliest charting of the coast of Queensland, commemorating one of the most memorable passages of Cook's first voyage. This map, prepared by Cook himself, details the tracks and anchorages of the...
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...
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...
London: S. Parkinson, 1773.
The artist's account of Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti, including magnificent portraits of Maori warriorsQuarto, with frontispiece portrait, a map and 26 plates; a large and attractive copy, top edge gilt, others completely uncut, finely bound in full speckled tan calf. First edition: a large...
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...