CAPTAIN JAMES COOK (1728-1779)
[FIRST VOYAGE] - John HAWKESWORTH (1715?-1779). An Account of the Voyages undertaken... for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. London: for W.Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773. 3 volumes, 4° (275 x 225mm.). 51 plates, maps and charts (41 folding). (Tears to about four plates, offsetting to four others.) Contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt in six compartments, red and green morocco lettering-pieces (some joints split, spines chipped). FIRST EDITION, early issue without the 'Chart of the Streight of Magellan' or the directions for placing the cuts. Hill p.139; Mitchell 650
[SECOND VOYAGE] - James COOK. A Voyage towards the South Pole, and around the World. London: for W.Strahan and T.Cadell, 1777. 2 volumes, 4° (280 x 220mm.). 4pp. booksellers' advertisements at rear of vol.I. Engraved portrait frontispiece and 63 plates, charts and maps (14 folding, 19 double-page). (Offsetting of text onto about nine plates, four plates shaved into plate area, repaired tear to one plate, vol.I, 2Z4 with paperfault tear to inner blank margin, 3B3 and 3 with margins slightly tattered.) Contemporary speckled calf (not uniform with 1st voyage), spines in six compartments, red and green morocco lettering-pieces (splits to joints, sections of spine of Vol.II eaten away). FIRST EDITION. Hill p.61; Mitchell 1216; Rosove 77.A1; Spence 314.
[THIRD VOYAGE] - James COOK & Captain James KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean... for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. London: W. & A.Strahan for G.Nicol and T.Cadell, 1784. 4 volumes (Text: 3 vols., 4° [293 x 228mm.]; Plates: 1 vol., large 2° [560 x 418mm.]). Text: 24 engraved maps, coastal profiles and charts (13 folding). (Browned and spotted); Atlas of plates: 61 engraved plates, 2 folding engraved maps. (Two plates creased, 30mm. repaired tear to margin of one map, some browning and spotting.) Text: contemporary speckled calf, brown and blue morocco lettering pieces (splits to joints, head and foot of spine chipped); Atlas vol.: contemporary half-calf (spine-scuffed, later label). Provenance: Sir Frederick Walpole (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION.
A complete collection of Cook's 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 really the first really scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge' (Hill). (9)