Lot 36 of 305:
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, [62] + [6] ad pp. With 49 copper-engraved plates (1 folding); 2 folding charts. (8vo) 21x12.5 cm. 8¼x5, period half red straight-grain morocco & marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt. First Octavo Edition. 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 (3" stub tear) 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. The half-titles for Vols. II-IV are not present, and Forbes states they are "frequently missing." Forbes 69. Bookplates of John M. McClelland, Jr.

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Some rubbing and scuffing to covers; mild offset from the plates, a few instances of light foxing; very good or better, a nice set.

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