COOK, James, Captain. A complete set of the three voyages in first edition, with the very rare atlas format of the plates for the First and Second Voyages. A SPLENDID SET, comprising:
[First Voyage]. HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages... in the Southern Hemisphere... in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773. 3 vols., 4° (275x215mm), and 2° (455x280mm). 51 engraved plates bound apart in the atlas, 35 of which not folded, and some with deckle edges. Early issue without the chart of the Strait of Magellan and the directions to the binder; -- [Second Voyage]. COOK, James. A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Adventure. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell 1777. 2 vols., 4° (275x215mm), and 2° (485x320mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, folding table, and 63 engraved plates bound apart in the atlas, 58 of which not folded, some with deckle edges; -- [Third Voyage]. COOK, James and James KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean... for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine... the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. London: W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol and T. Cadell 1784. 3 vols., 4° (275x215mm), and 2° (523x378mm). 24 engraved plates in the text volumes and 63 engraved plates in the atlas, complete without the 'Death of Cook' plate sometimes found bound into some copies. (Overall a very few leaves with neatly repaired tears, and very occasional light staining, one leaf with the top margin repaired and with small loss in the headline.) Together 11 volumes uniformly bound in richly-gilt red morocco by Aquarius.
FIRST EDITIONS, with the very rare atlas format of the plates for the First and Second Voyages. 'In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors together had done. He was the first really scientific navigator, and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge' (Hill). 'Captain James Cook's exploration of the eastern coast marks the beginning of a new era in the history of Australia'. (Edward Jenks, The Great Events, vol. XVII, p.238). BCJC 648, 1216, 1543; Hill 358, 361; PMM 223; Sabin 30934, 16245, 16250 (variant title). (11)