CAPTAIN JAMES COOK (1728-79)
[Third Voyage] A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere, performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: W. & A. Strahan for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. 4 volumes (including the atlas volume), 4° (29 x 23cm.) and broadsheet (54 x 41cm). 87 engraved maps and plates (63 of which are bound in the atlas volume), 14 folding, one double-page, 1 folding letterpress table. (Atlas vol. with light worming to five plates, affecting the image of one, small marginal tears to three plates, occasional light soiling.) The text bound in contemporary half calf, spines gilt (spines scuffed, joints occasionally split), the atlas in 19th-century blue half-calf gilt (covers detached, corners rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. "Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return Omai to Tahiti.. After calling at Kerguélen 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 Norrhern 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 Clarke took command and after he died six months later, the ships returned to England under John Gore": Hill pp.61-62; Mitchell Library. Cook 1543. (4)