Cook, Captain James & King, Captain James. A VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. Undertaken by the 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, Clerke, and Gore, In his majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery. In the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. In three volumes. Vol. I. and II. written by Captain James Cook, F.R.S. Vol. III. by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S. Illustrated with Maps and Charts, from the Original Drawings made by Lieut. Henry Roberts, under the Direction of Captain. Published by Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Vol. I. [II, III]. Dublin: Printed for H. Chamberlaine, W. Watson, Potts, Williams, Cross, Jackson, Moncrieffe, Walker, Jenkin, Burnet, Wilson, Wogan, Exshaw, Vallance, Beatty, White, Whitestone, Burton, Byrne, Mills, J. Porter, Stewart, Wallace, Higly, Cash, Herey and Mc.Kenzie. M,DCC,LXXXIV. 3 vols., demy 8vo, text & 1 vol. med. 4to, Atlas; Vol. 1, pp. [viii], xcviii, 422(last blank); portrait of Cook by Dance as frontispiece; Vol. 2, pp. [xvi](first 2 blank), 552(last 3 blank); Vol. 3, pp. [xii](last blank), 560(last blank); folding comparative table of numbers expressed in various languages of the Malay region; 6 other appendices; Atlas, 25 (of 26) folding and full-page charts and coastal views; text vols. in full contemporary tree calf with contrasting spine labels; (spine ends with very slight wear & a couple of small defects to leather); atlas in contemporary quarter calf, with marbled sides (spine a little worn, with a small defect at top); generally very fine, clean and crisp; an excellent set. Dublin; Printed for H. Chamberlaine [etc.]; 1784.
***Beddie 1546; Forbes 72. Although the title refers to maps and charts and there is at the end of the preliminaries to the first volume a two-page list of 26 charts and views with directions for their placement throughout the three volumes, the text volumes contain only the frontispiece to Vol. I and this is not listed. The charts and views were never present in these text volumes and this is clearly one of the forms in which the book was issued -- we have handled a similar set (without Atlas) before. Beddie notes that the Baillieu Library copy is similar, having only the portrait frontispiece. This set carries the bookplate of John B. Gilmore on the front pastedown of all three text volumes and his contemporary inscription dated Boghead Janry. 1st 1789. The Atlas in similar, but not quite matching, contemporary quarter calf, with marbled sides, carries the bookplate of David Rochfort and a contemporary manuscript list of the charts and views contained therein. The individual charts carry corresponding manuscript numbers (1-25). The printed numbers (roman numerals) on the charts and the directions for placing them (in the text volumes) generally correspond with the list printed in text Volume I, but there are several discrepancies and internal inconsistencies (to the Atlas). Plate XVI, Views on the West coast of North America, to the Westward of Cook's River, is lacking; Plate II is numbered IV (as is also Plate IV); Plate XIX is numbered XVI and there is no plate numbered XIX. While clearly contemporary and intended to accompany the text volumes, the Atlas was almost certainly matched to this set at a later date and there is no indication the missing chart was ever present. #20444

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