• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 12

    [COOK, James (1728-1779)]. -- [FIRST VOYAGE]. John HAWKESWORTH (1715-1773). 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; drawn up From the Journals which were kept by several Commanders, And from the papers of Jospeh Banks, By John Hawkesworth. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773.

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    [COOK, James (1728-1779)]. -- [FIRST VOYAGE]. John HAWKESWORTH (1715-1773). 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; drawn up From the Journals which were kept by several Commanders, And from the papers of Jospeh Banks, By John Hawkesworth. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773.

    3 volumes, 4o (291 x 229 mm). 52 engraved plates, maps and charts (42 folding), including the large folding map of the Straits of Magellan. Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked, repairs to corners). Provenance: John A. Murphy (bookplates).

    SECOND AND BEST EDITION OF COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE 1768-1771, with the map of the Straits of Magellan, not generally issued with the first edition of the same year, the Preface to the second edition in which Hawkesworth responds to Alexander Dalrymple's heated reaction to the first edition and Cook's failure to search for or locate the Great Southern Continent. Volume I contains the voyages of Byron, Carteret and Wallis, with the discovery of Tahiti, and volumes II-III contain Hawkesworth's edited account of Lieutenant Cook's voyage (he was only promoted to Captain on his return). Cook's instructions for this first voyage were to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti and to carry on John Byron's survey and examination of the seas between Cape Horn and New Holland, but they did not extend to searching for Terra Australis. He did, however, add more than 5,000 miles of coastline to Admiralty charts for Tahiti, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, and New Zealand, which he circumnavigated. Hill 783; Holmes 5; Sabin 30934. (3)


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