CAPTAIN JAMES COOK (1728-1779)
A complete set of Cook's Voyages. together with Kippis's Life, the set comprising:
[FIRST VOYAGE] -- John HAWKESWORTH (?1715-1779). An Account of the Voyages Undertaken ... for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773. 3 volumes, 4°. 52 engraved plates, maps and charts, most folding, including 'A Chart of the Straights of Magellan. Second edition. Beddie 650; Hill 783.
[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 ... In which is added Captain Furneaux's Narrative of his Proceedings in the Adventure during the Separation of the Ships. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777. 2 volumes, 4°. 54 plates, maps and charts, most folding, with the large chart of the Southern Hemisphere. Second edition, unchanged from the first edition printed the same year. Beddie 1217.
[THIRD VOYAGE] -- James COOK and Captain James KING (c. 1750-1784). A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To Determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. 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, edited by John Douglas. London: W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1784. 3 volumes, 4° and one atlas volume, 2°. Text vol.: 24 engraved maps, charts and plates, most folding. Atlas vol.: 2 folding maps and 61 engraved plates. FIRST EDITION. The plate of the death of Cook engraved by Bartolozzi after Webber is not present in this copy (according to Beddie it was only printed after the first edition was exhausted). Beddie 1543; Hill 361.
Together 3 works in 9 volumes, 4° (290 x 230mm) and 2° (290 x 228mm). (Some general browning or offsetting throughout text.) Text vols: contemporary speckled calf gilt (neatly rebacked, original endpapers, corners bumped). Atlas vol.: contemporary blind-panelled calf, central panel diced (rebacked, fore-edges chipped;, modern morocco-backed boxes. Provenance: Théophile Barrois, fils, Paris (contemporary bookseller's ticket in first vol.) -- Samuel Alexander Cooke (bookplates in text vols).
Andrew KIPPIS (1725-1795). The Life of Captain James Cook. London: G. Nicol and G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1788. 4° (298 x 232mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait. (Lacking half-title, water-stained throughout, mostly at margins.) Contemporary speckled calf gilt, original spine relaid with original endpapers (inner hinges cracked); modern morocco-backed box. Provenance: Philip Hamond (bookplate). FIRST EDITION, LARGE-PAPER COPY. Beddie 32; Hill 935.
A COMPLETE SET OF COOK'S VOYAGES WITH THE SECOND AND BEST EDITION OF THE FIRST VOYAGE, AND A LARGE-PAPER FIRST EDITION OF KIPPIS'S LIFE. The First Voyage -- in which Cook masterfully charted the Society Islands, Australia and New Zealand, adding more than 5,000 miles of coastline to Admiralty charts -- is here in the preferred second edition (early issues of the first edition did not contain the large chart of the Straits of Magellan and all were without Hawkesworth's reply to Alexander Dalrymple). The first edition of the Third Voyage was so popular that the entire issue was sold out on the third day of publication. Kippis's Life, the first English and the first comprehensive biography of Cook, includes a re-printing of David Samwell' eye-witness narrative of Cook's death, first published 1786 and the rarest of all eighteenth-century publications relating to Captain Cook, written by the surgeon's mate aboard the Resolution (and later surgeon aboard the Discovery). (10)