9 February 2000
SAMWELL, David (1751-1798). [THIRD VOYAGE] -- A Narrative of the Death of Captain James Cook: To Which are added, some Particulars concerning his Life and Character, And Observations respecting the Introduction of the Venereal Disease into the Sandwich Islands. London: for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1786. 4o (305 x 235 mm). Modern calf, uncut.
FIRST EDITION. "THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE WORK MAY PERHAPS BE CONSIDERED THE HIGHLIGHT OF A COOK COLLECTION" (Hill). A fine, uncut copy of this rare pamphlet. The surgeon on the Discovery, Samwell accompanied Cook on his third voyage and was present at Cook's death. As against the official account, Samwell's narrative issues a frank and accurate description of the circumstances of Cook's death. Sabin 75970; BCJC 1620 (listing only 2 copies, in the Mitchell Library and the National Library, Canberra); Hill p.265; Mitchell Library Cook 1620; Holmes 61.
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