[COOK, Captain James (1728-79); First Voyage] -- John HAWKESWORTH (1715?-1773). An Account of the Voyages 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 and T. Cadell, 1773.
3 volumes, 4° (287 x 225 mm). 51 engraved plates, maps and charts, mostly double-page or folding. (Occasional light spotting and browning.) Contemporary tree calf, spines with red morocco lettering pieces in second and fourth compartments (joints rubbed, wear to headcaps, corners rubbed).
FIRST EDITION, EARLY ISSUE OF COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE 1768-1771, conforming to the collation in Hill without the map of the 'Streights of Magellan', but with the direction for placing the cuts and charts. 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; Beddie 650; Sabin 30934 (calling for 52 plates). (3)