COOK, James (1728-1779) and Captain James KING (1750-1784). A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean ... Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the years 1776-1779 and 1780. London: H. Hughes, for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785.
4 volumes, 4° (290 x 230mm) and broadsheets (548 x 423mm). Titles with engraved vignettes by James Hogg. 86 engraved plates (of 87, lacking plate XX 'Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands'), the 24 plates normally found bound in the text vol. here bound in the atlas unfolded and untrimmed, folding letterpress table in vol. 3. (Small nick to top edge of table not affecting text, occasional light spotting, browning and marking, plate LVIII with slight marginal loss to fore-edge, two contents leaves misbound at end of second vol.) Text vols: contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine labels (joints rubbed, some light wear to head and tail caps and corners). Atlas: contemporary half calf and marbled-paper boards, red morocco spine labels (head and tail caps chipped, covers scuffed).
THIRD EDITION. 'Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return Omai to Tahiti ... After calling at Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Cook, Tonga, and Society Islands, the expedition sailed north and discovered Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands, which Cook named the Sandwich Islands. Cook charted the American west coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait as far north as latitude 70° 44' before he was stopped by pack ice. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in an unhappy skirmish with the natives over a boat. Charles Clerke took command, and after he died six months later, the ships returned to England under John Gore ... This voyage resulted in what Cook considered his most valuable discovery -- the Hawaiian Islands' (Hill 361). Beddie 1553. (4)