[COOK, JAMES (1728-1779)] -- PRINGLE, Sir John (1707-1782). A Discourse upon some late Improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners. Delivered at the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Society, November 30, 1776. London: for the Royal Society, 1776. 4° (226 x 170 mm). Half-title. Woodcut title device and headpiece. (Half-title misbound after title, light even browning and light spotting.) Contemporary vellum, stamped in blind (lightly soiled). Provenance: N. Vansittart (bookplate). Garrison-Morton 2156 & 3714; Norman 508; Wellcome IV, 439.
[Bound with: 5 other works by Pringle:] A Discourse on the Different Kinds of Air. London, 1774. Half-title, errata slip pasted on final leaf verso. (Half-title nearly detached, lightly spotted). -- A Discourse on the Torpedo. London, 1775. With errata leaf. (Lightly spotted.) Wellcome IV, 439. -- A Discourse on the Attraction of Mountains. London, 1775. (A few light spots.) Norman 1757; Wellcome IV, 439. -- A Discourse on Invention and Improvements of the Reflecting Telescope. London, 1778. (Lightly spotted, lower margin cropped.) -- A Discourse on the Theory of Gunnery. London, 1778. Half-title. (Upper margin lightly browned, lightly spotted.)
ALL FIRST EDITIONS. In his Discourse upon some late Improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners, Pringle includes the first printing of Captain Cook's important paper entitled: 'The Method taken for preserving the Health of the Crew of His Majesty's Ship the Resolution during her late Voyage round the World.' In this paper, which Cook communicated to Pringle, President of the Royal Society, Cook describes the supplies carried on the voyage and his maintenance of the cleanliness of his ship and crew. It was included by Pringle in his discourse commemorating Cook's receipt of the Copley medal. 'Following the scurvy-preventing suggestions of James Lind, Cook lost only one man to disease on his second voyage from 1768-1771' (Garrison-Morton 3714).