Lot 27 of 312:
Octavo edition of Cook's last voyage 1784  

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A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; Undertaken, by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere: Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. Being a copious, comprehensive, and satisfactory Abridgement of the Voyage written by Captain James Cook, F.R.S., and Captain James King, L.L.D. and F.R.S.

Cook, James


John Stockdale, et al.



4 volumes. viii, [v]-xii, 370; [iii]-xii, 359; [iii]-xii, 400; [iii]-xii, 310, [40] pp. With 49 copper-engraved plates (1 folding); 2 folding charts. (8vo) 21x12.5 cm. 8¼x5, period speckled calf rebacked with modern calf, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt; custom cloth slipcase. First Octavo Edition.

Nice example of the octavo edition of the official account of Cook's fateful third voyage, a search for the Northwest Passage, during which he was clubbed and stabbed to death by the once friendly natives of Hawaii. The excellent plates including a folding copper engraving of "The Death of Captain James Cook, F.R.S. at Owhyhee in MDCCLXXIX," drawn by D.P. Dodd "& others who were on the spot." There is a folding chart of Hawaii with a sketch of Karakooa Bay and a large folding chart of the world, with the tracks of Cook's three voyages. Forbes notes that although dated 1784, this edition was issued in parts, and not actually completed until 1785. With decorative bookplates of G.H. [?]. Forbes 69. Bookplates of John M. McClelland, Jr.

Lot Amendments

Rubbing to extremities, corner tips worn; darkening to endpaper edges; a few minuscule closed tears to large folding map, some offsetting from plates, light toning to textblock, scattered light foxing, all plates present and in nice condition, a solid copy; very good.

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