A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, For making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in the Years, 1776,7,8,9 and 80.
In 1776 Cook was ordered to search for a western entrance to the fabled Northwest Passage across America. On the way, he arrived in Hawaii, January 19, 1778, before reaching the Oregon coast on March 7, 1778. The expedition sailed northward for six months while mapping the shore of the Pacific Northwest all the way to the edge of the ice pack 300 miles north of Bering Strait.
The ships left the North American coast on October 26, 1778 without having found the Northwest Passage. Cook intended to winter in Hawaii and return to the Arctic the following spring. On February 14, 1779, Captain Cook was killed in a dispute with native Islands on the Big Island of Hawaii. His crew made another unsuccessful attempt to explore the Arctic the following summer before returning to England via Russia, Japan and China.
Perth: Printed for R. Morison and Son Booksellers, 1785. Octodecimo, 6.5 inches in height by 4.25 inches in width, the set occupies 5.5 inches of shelf space. Four volumes: pages: 346, 355, 340, 243. Portrait of Cook Vol. 1 frontis opposite engraved title page. 26 plates including folding Death of Cook in Vol. 3 with tears, small embossed stamp of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society on the title pages and a few random areas. Light foxing. Index and Subscribers List at the end of Vol. 4.
Beautifully re-bound in full calf, mottled boards, 5 raised bands with 6 panels, Red Moroccan title label to style, heavily ornate gilt tooling to spine. Superior binding by master binder Richard Smart of Old English Bindery.