COOK, Captain James (1728-1779)
KING, Captain James (1750-1784)
A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, Undertaken, by Command of his Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere
Cook’s Third Voyage, In Search of the North-West Passage, Relating the Discovery of Hawaii and Extensive Charting of the Northwest Coast of America: Preferred second state with extremely scarce “Death of Cook” Plate
In Cook’s Third Voyage (1776-1779), he searched for the North-West Passage, charted the American West coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait, and discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he named the Sandwich Islands. Cook was the first navigator to accurately map the west coast. He carried away a collection of furs which introduced the fur trade to English and American traders. Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilization and by the foundation of British Australia. He also suggested the existence of Antarctic land in the southern ice ring, a fact not proven until the explorations of the nineteenth century.
Eighty-seven engraved plates have been bound into the three text volumes. 24 charts and views originally issued with the text volumes, plus a folding map and 62 plates originally issued in a separate folio atlas volume, here bound into the text in their appropriate sections. The large folding map from the atlas volume, showing Cook’s routes and discoveries from all three voyages is housed separately in a leather-spined cloth clamshell. This copy has the famous “Death of Cook” plate engraved by Bartolozzi after Webber’s painting bound into Volume III, Webber, as the official draftsman of the third voyage, was an eyewitness to the death of Cook, who was killed on Hawaii in a fight with native Hawaiians by a dispute over a stolen boat. The “Death of Cook” engraving was issued after the atlas volume was first published; while it was distributed to subscribers, in many cases it was never bound into the atlas volume, and was either framed or otherwise separated from other illustrations.
London, H. Hughs for G. Nicol and T. Cadell. 1785, Three Volumes plus separate leather-spined clamshell case for large folding map. Quarto, contemporary tree calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. Expert repair to a few joints. Plates and text generally quite clean.
Beautiful Three Volume Set Complete with All of the Plates