8vo. & portfolio. 6 volumes, set. Original navy buckram, with a gilt block of Cook on each front board. Five volumes in d/ws and a portfolio. Illustrated throughout in black & white and with occasional colour plates including frontispieces. Volume 2 has spotting to the edges. Both parts of volume 3 have foxing to the edges, endpapers and the flaps of the d/ws. Volume 4 has the ink ownership of Ann Shirley on the front endpaper. The portfolio covers are a little scuffed and marked. The d/w spines of volume 1 and both parts of volume 3 are tanned and volume 1 has a short closed tear at the head and two small chips at the foot. A very good ++ to near fine set.
1. The Voyage of the Endeavour, 1768-1771; 2.The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure, 1772-1775; 3. The Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery, 1776-1780 in two parts; 4. The Life of Captain James Cook; together with a portfolio of Charts & Views. The complete Journals of Captain Cook in very nice condition. ‘On the three expeditions which he led to the Pacific between 1768 and his death at Hawaii in 1779, his ships thrice circled the globe; he drew the modern map of the Pacific, and he was the first European seaman to circumnavigate New Zealand, to discover the east coast of Australia, to cross the Antarctic Circle, to chart the north-west coasts of America. [...] The three voyages proclaim his greatness alike as a seaman and navigator, an explorer, a practical scientist, and a leader of men. They were worthily chronicled in his own Journals and charts.’ The Life of Captain James Cook by J. C. Beaglehole, the leading authority on Pacific exploration, completes the Hakluyt Society edition of the Journals. Ann Savours Shirley (b. 1927) was vice president of The Hakluyt Society, an historian of polar exploration who held library posts at the Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge and the National Maritime Museum, and was a member of both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
Author [Cook, Captain James] Edited by J. C. Beaglehole
Publisher Cambridge and London, Cambridge University Press (volumes 1-3) & A & C Black (volume 4) for the Hakluyt Society