Complete set of Cook's Voyages: An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour. [Together with:] A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the years 1772, 1773, 1774 and 1775 [Together with:] A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by the command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1785.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1785. First edition, First edition, Third edition. First edition of the 1773 Hawkesworth edition, complete with the "directions for placing the cuts" and The Chart of the Straight of Magellan, which are sometimes lacking. Inserted into this first edition, after p. xxxvi, is the Preface to the Second edition with Hawkesworth's famous rebuttal to Alexander Dalrymple. Three quarto volumes (283 x 228 mm) bound in uniform polished calf, expertly rebacked to style; collating: xxxvi, [viii, Preface to Second edition], [iv, directions for cuts], 139, 360-676; xvi, 410; [iv], 411-799. Complete with 21 plates and charts in volume 1, 22 in volume 2 and 9 in volume 3, most of which are folding. Binding in Fine condition. Internal contents are generally in excellent shape. small repair to one of the folds on the Magellan plate, a few plates slightly browned and the odd spot of foxing, but on the whole a Nearly Fine set..
First edition of A Voyage Towards the South Pole. Two quarto volumes (294 x 228 mm) bound in uniform marbled calf, expertly rebacked to style; collating: xl, 378; [vi], 224. Complete with 37 plates and charts in volume 1 (including the frontis portrait of Cook), and 27 in volume 2, plus the folding table at p. 364. Bindings are in Fine condition. Internal contents are generally in excellent condition, although with some minor browning to plates or adjacent leaves. On the whole a Nearly Fine set..
Third edition (and best edition) of A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Three quarto volumes (298 x 232), bound in uniform marble calf, expertly rebacked to style; collating: [viii], xcvi, 421; [xii], 548; [xii], 564 (including for the first time: "A Defense of the arguments advanced against the existence of Cape Circumcision"). Complete with 7 plates and charts in volume 1, 11 in volume 2 and 6 in volume 3, plus a folding table at p. 528. Bindings in Fine condition. Internal contents in excellent shape, but plates somewhat browned. On the whole a Nearly Fine set. With the Atlas volume (553 x 402 mm): containing 63 plates, complete but for the "Death of Cook" plate, which is only bound into some sets. Atlas volume uniformly bound to style with leather spine over marbled paper boards. Binding in Fine condition. Internally the plates are generally foxed and browned, heaviest at the margins, and there is a marginal dampstain affecting the last 15 or so leaves. Most original tissue guards retained, about 6 or 7 lacking. Overall we would say the atlas is in Very Good condition.
"Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilization and by the foundation of British Australia. The world was given for the first time an essentially complete knowledge of the Pacific Ocean and Australia, and Cook proved once and for all that there was no great southern continent, as had always been believed. He also suggested the existence of antarctic land in the southern ice ring, a fact which was not proved until the explorations of the nineteenth century." -- Printing and the Mind of Man (223).
Beddie 648, 1216, 1553; PMM 223. Near Fine (Item #1748)