26 September 2002
ANDREW KIPPIS (1725-1795)
The Life of Captain James Cook. London: G.Nicol and G.G.J and J.Robinson, 1788. 4° (277 x 218mm.). Half-title. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Heath. (Light spotting to portrait, light offsetting of portrait onto title.) Bound to style in calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt with red and green morocco lettering-pieces, t.e.g.
FIRST EDITION of 'the first English biography of Cook, [which] was intended to give a well-balanced account of his life, from birth to death, including his family and early years, and the capacities in which he was engaged prior to the famous voyages. Cook discharged several important duties while aboard the Mercury, on the St.Lawrence River, during the seige of Quebec. The Newfoundland and Labrador surveys are discussed, and the three voyages are dealt with in great narrative depth. Kippis includes most of Samwell's narrative of Cook's death and gives accounts of various tributes to Cook' (Hill). Hill p.163; Mitchell 1962; Rosove 191.A1 ('Scarce'); Spence 662.
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