COOK, Captain James (1728-1779)
Seven Volumes Complete with Large Chart and Twenty-Five Plates
A handsome set of the official accounts of Cook's three voyages. It is virtually impossible to overstate the importance of these voyages, or to summarize them. The original purpose of Cook's renowned first voyage was simply to observe the transit of Venus. This was accomplished at Tahiti but six months were then spent on the coast of New Zealand, which was circumnavigated and charted for the first time, as was the east coast of Australia. Cook named New South Wales and naturalists on his expedition named Botany Bay. The second voyage disproved the myth of the existence of a further southern continent and made the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle. Numerous further explorations were undertaken and discoveries made including the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, and South Georgia. Knowledge of the South Pacific was given a firm basis for the first time and the maps made then remain valid today. The final voyage was directed principally towards the search for a Northwest Passage from the Pacific, culminating in Cook's death in the Hawaiian Islands.
London: 1821. Longman, Hurst Rees, Orme and Brown
Seven volume set. Complete. Octavo, 8.75 inches in height by 5.5 inches in width. Rebound in half leather, artistically mottled leather over ‘oil-can’ marbled paper boards, five gilt bands on spine with very elaborate tooling in four panels. Red Moroccan spine labels with green leather volume labels, refreshed endpapers matching boards. All edges in uniform original yellow. Text is Fine with hardly any foxing. Very nice original map in Volume 1 professionally re-backed with linen. Volume 1: 398 pages (foldout map at front and 5 plates), Volume 2: 368 pages (2 plates) Volume 3: 372 pages (4 plates) Volume 4: 304 pages (1 plate plus foldout table at rear) Volume 5: 472 pages (2 plates) Volume 6: 503 pages (6 plates) Volume 7: 462 pages (3 plates plus foldout table at rear).
Very Fine Complete Seven Volumes in Extraordinary Binding