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Cook (James & King, James). A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.. for Making Discoveries in the Northern

Cook (James & King, James). A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.. for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere.. 1776-1780, 3 vols. plus Atlas, 2nd ed., 1785, twenty-four copper-engraved maps and plates (some folding) to text volumes and sixty-four copper-engraved maps and plates (some folding) to Atlas volume, including two double-page charts and an unlisted plate `The Death of Captain Cook` engraved by Bartolozzi, published W. Byrne, 1 July 1785, bound at rear of Atlas volume, occasional spotting but mostly outside of plate impressions, armorial bookplate of Hicks to front free endpapers of text volumes, contemporary tree calf gilt with expert modern gilt-decorated calf rebacks with contrasting leather labels to spines, Atlas volume in matching modern half calf gilt over marbled boards with gilt-titled red leather label to upper cover, 4to (295 x 230mm) and large folio (570 x 420mm) A very handsome and complete copy, including the separately issued Death of Cook plate which is rarely present. Hill, pp. 61-62; Howes C729A (collation incorrect); Mitchell Library 1552. PMM 223n: `The third voyage was undertaken in search of the North-West Passage.. Cook sailed to North America, discovering on the way the Cook Islands and the Hawaiian group. Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilisation and by the foundation of British Australia. The world was given for the first time an essentially complete knowledge of the Pacific Ocean.` (4)

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Mallard House Broadway Lane, South Cerney Near Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 5UQ United Kingdom
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