COOK, James (1728-1779). The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery. Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1955-74. 6 volumes in 5, including portfolio of charts and views and Beaglehole's The Life of Captain James Cook, text volumes 8° (24 x 16cm.), portfolio 2° (39.5 x 26.5cm.). Plates, maps and charts (occasional light spotting). Original publisher's cloth, portrait of Cook stamped in gilt on upper cover, dust-jackets. Provenance: Ralph Hammond Innes, bookplates of his working library, signed, with underlining and annotations.
FIRST EDITIONS, FROM THE LIBRARY OF RALPH HAMMOND INNES (1913-98), WITH HIS BOOKPLATE AND MANUSCRIPT ANNOTATIONS. In the preface to 'The Last Voyage, Captain Cook's lost Diary' Hammond Innes states that '[I] put it all together to the best of my ability, relying on my knowledge and fascination with the subject to fill the gaps, using for reference Cook's official Journal as edited for the Hakluyt Society by Professor Beaglehole, also the journals of those who sailed with him, Clerke, Anderson, Edgar, Samwell, and others' (p. 13). Sold with Addenda and Corrigenda of vols. one and II (Cambridge, 1968-69), the addendum of vol. IV Cook and the Russians (Cambridge, 1973), and a first edition of Hammond Innes' The Last Voyage (London, 1978, with his bookplate). Very occasional unobtrusive light spotting, affecting the title of the portfolio volume and the edges of the octavo volumes. Slight fading to the spines of dustjackets, with a short tear to the head of the spine to vol. one (jacket). (9)