Cook, Captain James: THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS OF COOK'S THREE VOYAGES ROUND THE WORLD. A fine collection of the First Editions, comprising:-

First Voyage: AN ACCOUNT OF THE VOYAGES undertaken by Order of His Present Majesty for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow and the Endeavour: Drawn up from the Journals which were kept by the several Commanders, and from the Papers of Joseph Banks, Esq; by John Hawkesworth, LL.D. In three volumes. Illustrated with Cuts, and a great Variety of Charts and Maps relative to Countries now first discovered, or hitherto but imperfectly known. London: Printed for W. Strahan; & T. Cadell in the Strand. M DCC LXXIII. 3 vols., med. 4to, First Edition; Vol. I, pp. [xii], xxxvi, 140(last blank), [361]-676; 21 charts & plates (mostly folding); Vol. II, pp. xvi, 410; 22 charts & plates (mostly folding); Vol. III, pp. [vi], 411-800(last blank); 9 charts & plates, mostly folding; contemporary full calf (neatly rebacked, see below); some occasional spotting and offsetting from plates, but a very good, generally clean set. Printed for W. Strahan; & T. Cadell, 1773. ***One of the earliest issues, without the Directions for Placing the Cuts as noted by Holmes (No. 5), but complete with the chart of the Streights of Magellan (this possibly supplied from another copy, but we have seen other sets in a similar configuration).

Second Voyage: 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. Written by James Cook, Commander of the Resolution. In which is included, Captain Furneaux's Narrative of his Proceedings in the Adventure during the Separation of the Ships. In two volumes. Illustrated with Maps and Charts, and a Variety of Portraits of Persons and Views of Places, drawn during the Voyage by Mr. Hodges, and engraved by the most eminent Masters. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand. MDCCLXXVII. 2 vols., med. 4to., First Edition; Vol. I, pp. xl, 378; portrait frontis. & 36 charts & plates; Vol. II, pp. [viii], 396; 27 charts and plates; 8 plates with imprints cropped or shaved by the binder (as often, owing to the plates being engraved too large for the size of the text), 2 folding charts in Vol. II with neatly repaired tears); contemporary full speckled calf (neatly rebacked, see below); a very good, clean set. Printed for W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1777.

Third Voyage: 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 Practibility 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 Cook; and with a great Variety of Portraits of Persons, Views of Places, and Historical Representations of Remarkable Incidents, drawn by Mr. Webber during the Voyage, and engraved by the most eminent Artists. Published by Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan: For G. Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty, in the Strand; and T. Cadell, in the Strand. MDCCLXXXIV. 3 vols., med. 4to, & atlas, large folio, First Edition; Vol. I, pp. [viii](title, verso blank, & Contents), xcvi(Introduction & List of Plates), 422(last blank); 7 charts & views (5 folding); Vol. II, pp. [ii](title, verso blank), [x](Contents), 550(last blank); 12 charts & plates (7 folding); Vol. III, pp. [ii](title, verso blank), [x](Contents, last blank), [ii](Appendix & Erratum, verso blank), 558+[2](advertisement for complete sets of Cook's voyages, verso blank); 6 charts (2 folding), folding comparative table of languages, 7 appendices (Pp. 491-558); contemporary full calf, neatly rebacked (see below); some offsetting of plates to text, but generally very fine and clean; Atlas, 2 large folding charts & 61 plates; in a splendid unsophisticated contemporary German binding of full calf, with red oval title label on front board: "Kupfer zu Cook's Reisen", and attractive block-printed rose paste-paper endpapers; (top & bottom of spine expertly & unobtrusively repaired; some foxing of tissues and consequent mild marginal foxing to some of the plates, but generally very clean, with excellent impressions); a fine set. London; Printed by W. and A. Strahan; 1784.

Together 8 vols. text, med. 4to, & folio atlas; in all 202 fine, engraved maps, charts, portraits, costume plates, views, etc.; the text volumes uniformly rebacked in contemporary style, the atlas in near-matching contemporary full calf as described above; a very attractive set. London; W. Strahan [etc.]; 1773-1784.
***See Holmes 5, 24 & 47; Beddie 648, 1216, 1543; Hill I, Pp. 139-40, 61-62; Hill 2, Nos. 782, 358 & 361. A complete collection of First Editions of the three voyages, of which the "long-delayed official account of the third voyage was so eagerly awaited by the public that it was sold out on the third day after publication ...." (Holmes). The third voyage is the first issue of the first edition of which Forbes (No. 62) says: "It is in fact one of the most important English books published in the last quarter of the eighteenth century." #36600

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