London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1785. Second edition, First edition, Second edition. Second 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. This edition includes the Preface to the Second edition with Hawkesworth's famous rebuttal to Alexander Dalrymple. Three quarto volumes (284 x 227 mm) bound in uniform contemporary calf, expertly rebacked; collating: [xx], xxxvi, [iv, directions for cuts], 456; xiv, 410; 395. Complete with 21 plates and charts in volume 1, 22 in volume 2 and 9 in volume 3, most of which are folding. A Very Good set. Internal contents are generally in excellent shape; a few repairs the folding plates, minor foxing, but on the whole an attractive set.
First edition of A Voyage Towards the South Pole. Two quarto volumes (291 x 230 mm) bound in contemporary calf, expertly rebacked; collating: xl, 378; [viii], 396. Complete with 37 plates and charts in volume 1 (including the frontis portrait of Cook), and 27 in volume 2 (including frontis), plus the folding table at p. 364. Internal contents are generally in excellent condition, although with some minor browning to plates or adjacent leaves.
Second edition of A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, with the medallion on the title page of each volume. Three quarto volumes (296 x 234), bound in contemporary calf, expertly rebacked; collating: [x], xcvi, 421; [xiv], 548; [xiv], 556. Complete with 11 plates and charts in volume 1 (including frontis), 10 in volume 2 and 6 in volume 3, plus a folding table at p. 528. Volume one has two plates not called for, apparently proof plates of "A Man of Van Diemen's Land" and "A Woman of Van Diemen's Land." Internal contents generally in excellent shape. On the whole a lovely set. With the Atlas volume (527 x 400 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. Internally the plates are generally clean with only a bit of marginal foxing (much nicer than typically found).
"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).
Beddie 648, 1216, 1553. PMM 223. (Item #3329)