GEORGE WILLIAM ANDERSON
A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages round the World, Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing a New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive, Full, and Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages. London: Alexander Hogg, [?1784-1786]. 80 parts bound in one volume, 2° (384 x 250mm). Title in Hawaiian National Bibliography state II ['for Alex. Hogg, at the Original King's-Arms']. Engraved portrait frontispiece after Thornton in Hawaiian National Bibliography state III [titled 'Captain Cook, F.R.S.']. 156 plates, maps and plans [including one folding map and a second frontispiece]. Woodcut arms and tailpieces. (Variable light browning or offsetting and occasional light spotting or marking, a few leaves and plates with paper flaws or tears causing minor loss.) Contemporary reversed calf, roll-tooled silver borders, gilt morocco lettering-piece (boards rubbed and marked causing losses at edges, silver oxidised, neatly re-backed, later endpapers and lettering-piece, upper hinge split). Provenance: Wallace and Ethel Wilson, Vancouver (bookplate on upper pastedown)--'1784' added in ink on the title margin.
FIRST EDITION. 'AN EARLY AND IMPORTANT COLLECTED EDITION OF COOK'S THREE VOYAGES' (Hawaiian National Bibliography), which was intended to provide a complete set of Cook's Voyages at the economical price of 80 parts at 6d. each, in contradistinction to 'some other editions of these works (unnecessarily extended to many volumes by loose printing, blank paper, and other artifices practised by mercenary persons) [which] would cost a purchaser the enormous sum of upwards of twenty guineas' (title). The work also contains the Voyages of John Byron, Samuel Wallis, Philip Cartaret, Lord Mulgrave, Lord Anson and Sir Francis Drake, of which 'Anderson sometimes gives the original accounts, others are abridged or edited versions, and frequently additional materials from other sources are added to give scope and depth to the narratives' (Hill). This copy is from the library of Dr Wallace Wilson and his wife, the Canadian writer Ethel Wilson (1888-1980), Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of Canada Council Medal and the Lorne Pierce Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. Beddie 17-19 (this copy with 'A New, Genuine, and Complete History' at the head of p.); Hawaiian National Bibliography 61 (calling for a frontispiece and only 154 maps and plates); Hill 18; Spence p.26.