Greatest of All Pacific Ocean Explorers, Bedrock Set and Basis for any Collection on the Pacific
An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Cartaret and Captain Cook. Written by John Hawkesworth (1715-1773) from Cook’s notes. London: W.Strahan and T.Cadell, 1773. Second Edition. Three- Quarto Volumes. The Second Edition is preferred because it contains 52 plates, maps and charts, 43 of which are folding, also includes the Chart “Streights of Magellan”. Preface to Second Edition and errata are present. Voyage in theSouth Pacific exploring for an unknown continent, new islands and routes. Cook confirmed and accurately charted the coastline of Australia and New Zealand, also visit to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus.
A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the years 1772, 1773, 1774 and 1775 by James Cook and Tobias Fumeaux. Written by James Cook, also included Captain Furneaux’s narrative. London: W.Strahan and T.Cadell, 1777. First Edition. Two- Quarto Volumes. Striking frontispiece portrait of Cook engraved by J. Bansire and printed by William Hodges in 1777. Contains full 63 plates, charts and maps, 20 are double page and 1 folding table. Errata in Volume 2. Extensive exploration of the southern Pacific, its islands, people and newly discovered cultures. Sailed into southern latitudes and acknowledged the existence of the Antarctic continent.
A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by Command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerk, and Gore, in his Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Discovery. In the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. By James Cook and James King. London: W. and A. Strahan 1784. First Edition. Three- Quarto Volumes including 24 plates, maps, charts and views. Appendix No. 11 at the end of volume 3 is a double-page showing similar the numbers one through ten in 36 languages including Marquesas, New Guinea, and Java.
Atlas to Third Voyage
Folio Atlas, (22.25 inched in height by 17 inches in width) complete with all of 61 plates plus two charts for complete count of 63. The Chart of the World and Chart of The NW Coast of America and NE Coast of Asia (supplied) are in near fine condition with crisp and accurate folds. Famous and historically significant views of South Pacific, Northwest North America exploration including the Sandwich Islands and Alaska.
Also included and bound in the atlas are an additional 21 charts, land profiles and viewsthat are duplicate from the Third Voyage text. These plates have not been folded or trimmed by the binder. Quite rare with this collation. Very desirable format as they can be enjoyed more fully without the usual folds.
Binding and Condition
The text volumes are untrimmed. Beautiful contemporary full calf. The text volumes andatlas have been expertly re-spined to period by Richard Smart of Old English Bindery in Vancouver, Canada. The spines are stunningly tooled in gilt with five raised bands with compartments decorated in gilt device and floral corners. Period red and green morocco spine labels.
The atlas is half bound with calf spine and corners. Original marbled paper over boards in quite remarkable condition. Matching spine completes this beautiful set.
Text and images in text volumes are remarkably clean and free of any defect. Original endpapers in all volumes and atlas are present. Typical scattered foxing with some soiling in margins of plates in atlas, not affecting the images.
It is Virtually Impossible to Overstate the Importance of These Voyages