COOK, Capt. James. A complete set of the voyages, comprising: [FIRST VOYAGE] -- HAWKESWORTH, John. 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. London: W. Strahan, 1773. 3 volumes. 52 engraved plates, mostly folding (some scattered foxing and light browning). Contemporary mottled calf (old rebacking). FIRST EDITION, with the Strait of Magellan chart and the directions for placing the cuts. -- [SECOND VOYAGE] -- COOK, Capt. James. A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty's Ships Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. London: W. Strahan, 1777. 2 volumes. 63 engraved plates (several closely trimmed, some scattered foxing and soiling). Contemporary speckled calf (old rebacking). FIRST EDITION. -- [THIRD VOYAGE] -- A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. London: G. Nicol, 1784. 3 volumes and folio atlas. 87 engraved plates, comprising 24 in the text volumes and 63 in the altas. (Scattered foxing and browning, mostly insignificant, some closely trimmed.) Text bound in contemporary mottled calf, richly gilt; atlas in later half calf gilt, preserving the original marbled boards. FIRST EDITION. Together 9 volumes, 4to (292 x 232 mm) and folio (548 x 406 mm). Provenance: Dale Turnbull (bookplates in all volumes); William Lenox Naper (armorial bookplate in the third voyage). "The date of Captain James Cook's exploration of the eastern coast marks the beginning of a new era in the history of Australia. Cook took possession of the country for Great Britain. From the resemblance of its coasts to the southern shores of Wales, he called it New South Wales." Edward Jenks --- The Great Events ... Vol XVII p.238 Sabin 30934, 16245; 16250; Hill pp.139,61-2; Mitchell Library Cook 648, 1216, 1552; Holmes 5, 24, 47.