London, South Kensington
30 April 2015
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[COOK, James (1728-1779). A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. London: W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1784.] Atlas volume only, 2° (562 x 415mm). 2 engraved charts and 61 plates. (Without the 'Death of Cook' plate -- not always included with the first edition -- occasional faint marginal finger-soiling and spotting.) 19th-century blue half roan (extremities rubbed, spine faded).
ATLAS FROM THE FIRST OFFICIAL EDITION OF COOK'S LAST VOYAGE. The voyage called at Tasmania, New Zealand, various islands in Micronesia including Tahiti, before heading northwards and discovering Hawaii, which Cook named the Sandwich Islands. Cook then sailed along the north-west Pacific coastline of North America, surveying as far as the Bering Strait, where he was stopped by pack ice. Returning to Hawaii to over-winter, Cook was killed by the islanders in a dispute over a boat. The present lot illustrates many of these episodes from the voyage and includes portraits of the peoples encountered by the expedition. Beddie 1543; Hill 361; Holmes 47. Sold without the accompanying text volumes.
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