CAPTAIN JAMES COOK (1728-79)
[First Voyage] -- John HAWKESWORTH. An Account of the Voyages ... for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773. 3 volumes, 52 engraved maps, plans and plates (41 folding), e4 (the description of the plates) misbound after f2 and with an early manuscript index on two strips of paper pasted on recto and verso. (Small clean tears to a few of the larger folding plates.)
[Second Voyage] -- James COOK. A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777. 2 volumes. Engraved portrait frontispiece and 62 engraved maps and plates only (of 63), 20 double-page, 10 folding, one folding letterpress table. (Lacking the large folding map of the southern hemisphere at the start of vol.I, 17 plates with imprint shaved or lacking, two plates with margins shaved with slight loss to decorative engeaved borders, small tear to one folding map, vol.II Cc3 with short tear to inner blank margin.)
Two works in 5 volumes, 4° (27.7 x 23cm). Uniformly bound in half speckled calf, the flat spines gilt in six compartments, with red and green morocco lettering-pieces in two (small splits to the joints of three volumes, very light scuffing to extremities). Provenance: Sir Richard Bedingfeld (1720-1795, Oxburgh Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk, ink stamp on titles); Sir Henry Bedingfeld (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITIONS OF COOK'S FIRST TWO VOYAGES. "The famous accounts of Captain Cook's three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was the first really scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill p.61). Hill p.139 & p.61; Mitchell Library Cook 648, 1216. (5)