CAPTAIN JAMES COOK (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 ... the second edition. London: H. Hughes, for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. 3 text volumes only, 4° (298 x 229mm). Titles with engraved vignettes of the Royal Society Medal by James Hogg. One folding typographic table. (Bound without plates and without the atlas volume. Vol. I: front free endpaper of loose, leaves B3-4 with top corners clipped, scattered ink spots of verso of Ee1, very small marginal chip to 3G3. Vol. II: small minor marginal staining to verso of N3, faint spotting to 4 leaves 3H2-3I1. Vol III: gathering B lightly spotted, erased inscription to recto of 3R4 with some minor associated paper loss in blank margin.) Contemporary polished calf, spines with raised bands with gilt rules, red and green morocco gilt lettering pieces, vols II and III with paper library labels at head of spines (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Arthur Forbes (of Culloden House, ink ownership inscription to front free endpaper of vol. I dated in another hand 1785) -- Mrs Forbes (neé Sarah Stratton, from Kent, ink ownership inscription to front pastedowns, dated 1785) -- James Ralph Fane Gladwin (modern armorial bookplate dated 1912).
The second quarto edition of Cook's third voyage with the text entirely reset. This expedition '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, first edition). Beddie 1552; Forbes 85 ('considered typographically superior to the first edition'); Sabin 16250. (3)