Anderson, George William. A NEW, AUTHENTIC, AND COMPLETE COLLECTION OF VOYAGES ROUND THE WORLD, Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing a New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive, Full, and Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages, Undertaken by Order of his Present Majesty, for making New Discoveries in Geography, Navigation, Astronomy, &c. in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres, &c. &c. &c. and successively performed In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771--1772, 1773, 1774, 1775--1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780. His First Voyage--being professedly undertaken in his Majesty's Ship the Endeavour, for observing the Transit of Venus, and for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and round the World. His Second--In the Resolution and Adventure, for making further Discoveries towards the South Pole, and round the World. His Third and Last--in the Resolution and Discovery, to the Pacific Ocean, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere, and 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. [Etc., Etc., 33 lines, closely set]. The Whole of these Voyages of Capt. James Cook, &c. being Newly written by the Editors from the Authentic Journals of several Principal Officers and other Gentlemen of the most distinguished Naval and Philosophical Abilities, who sailed in the various Ships; and now publishing under the immediate Direction of George William Anderson, Esq. Assisted very materially, by a Principal Officer who sailed in the Resolution Sloop, And by many other Gentlemen of the Royal Navy. AH [monogram] London: Printed for Alex. Hogg, at the Original King's Arms, No. 16, Pater-Noster-Row. Cr. folio; pp. iv, [5]-656(last unnumbered), [4](List of Subscribers); folding chart of the world and 156 full-page charts and plates agreeing exactly with the list at end; full contemporary calf (expertly re-jointed & with minor repairs to extremities; the folding chart with some neat tissue repairs & re-folded; about a dozen plates with neat marginal repairs; all plates & charts with imprints and captions entire with the sole exception of the plate at Page 640 which has the caption just shaved); an unusually good, and quite complete, copy of a book very difficult to obtain in fine, complete condition. London; Printed for Alex. Hogg; N.D. [c. 1786].
***In addition to Cook's voyages, the work contains (between the accounts of the second and third voyages), accounts of the voyages of Byron (pp. 215-252), Wallis (pp. 252-274), Carteret (pp. 275-314), Phipps (pp. 315-335), Anson (pp. 336-370) and Drake (pp. 371-398). See Beddie 17-19; Hill, pages 5-6 (No. 18 in the second edition); Forbes 61. This copy appears to conform most closely to Beddie 19 and to Forbes 61 State II. The work, first issued or commenced in 1784, was reissued many times over a period of over 20 years and many minor differences are found between copies including the precise wording of the title-page and some variation in the number of listed maps and plates. In addition many copies seem to have been issued (or compiled) without the full complement of illustrations, up to a dozen or so being often lacking. As advertised by the publisher at the foot of Page 655, it was available both in 80 sixpenny parts or as a complete volume bound in full calf. In this copy, the list of illustrations on Page [656] lists 157 charts and plates in total - these are all present and are placed throughout at the appropriate locations (plus or minus a page) with the sole exception of the plate specified for Page 230 which is instead at Page 136. In addition this copy contains the four-page List of Subscribers, rarely present. Beddie 19 refers to a copy with the frontispiece dated 1781, which on first examination appears to be also the case with this copy, but we believe the date is in fact 1784 (as noted by Forbes - State II), with the digit 4 imperfectly printed. #33081

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