1773. London: 1773.
8 vols, 4to, and one vol. folio. 20th century half calf with linen paper-covered sides, backstrip tooled in gilt with green volume labels. Backstrips and board tips quite worn with splitting and some loss of calf, scattered foxing, signature “St. John” dated 1785 on the three title pages of the third voyage. Folio vol. upper board detached, plates with some toning, foxing and marginal staining. Bookplates.
§ Complete set of Cook’s Voyages: second (and best) edition of the first voyage, fourth edition of the second voyage, second edition of the third voyage. An internally attractive set in a worn binding. An excellent candidate for rebinding or enjoying in its current condition. The first voyage describes Cook’s explorations of New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, and other islands. The second voyage describes his southern voyages in search of a southern continent. The third is his north Pacific explorations of Alaska, the Northwest Coast, and Hawaii, where the great navigator met his death. Of equal importance as a text of exploration, a cartographic source for the numerous maps and charts included in the work, and a visual source of the engravings of fauna, flora, and inhabitants of the Pacific. In all, the entire set contains more than 200 maps and plates. Hill 782, 783. Howes C729a (3rd voyage). Holmes 5, 24, 47. Item #124268