17 June 2003
[COOK, Capt. James]. [THIRD VOYAGE]. -- A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the Command of his Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. London: H. Hughs for G. Nicol, and T. Cadell, 1785.
3 volumes, 4o (316 x 245 mm). Original calf-backed boards, spines gilt, untrimmed (some light wear along joints and spines).
Second edition, a fine, tall copy in original boards. "Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return Omai to Tahiti... After calling at Kerguilen 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 700 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 1552.
[With:] [A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. London, 1785]. Atlas volume only, 2o (535 x 398 mm). 63 (of 87) engraved plates (a few creased, generally fine). Contemporary half calf, marbled boards (worn). A fine selection of plates and maps from Cook's third voyage. See Mitchell Library Cook 1552. (3)
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