Complete Set of Cook's Three Voyages. (First Voyage: 3 vols. 1st edition; Second Voyage: 2 vols. 1st edition; Third and Final Voyage: 3 vols. + Atlas. 2nd edition). Total 9 vols. The Mackaness set with bookplate inside front cover of each volume.
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Eight quarto text volumes handsomely bound in half brown calf. [Plus] folio atlas bound in matching half calf. FIRST VOYAGE: Hawkesworth John (ed.) An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere And successfully 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. London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell 1773. 3 volumes. Complete with 52 plates and charts. SECOND VOYAGE: Cook Capt. James 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. London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell 1777. 2 volumes. Complete with portrait of Captain James Cook and 63 plates and charts. THIRD VOYAGE: Cook Capt. James & Capt. James King A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. 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 1780. London: G. Nicol & T. Cadell 1785. 3 volumes. Complete with 24 plates and charts; plus Atlas complete with 63 plates and charts. Here offered is a good set of the official accounts of Captain James Cook's (1728-1779) momentous three voyages of discovery in the Pacific which as Hill notes "did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors together had done" (Hill 2004 358). The primary objective of Cook's first voyage performed during the years 1768-1771 was to observe the transit of Venus from the island of Tahiti in the South Pacific thus enabling scientists to calculate the distance between the Earth and the Sun; the second unnamed objective was to search for a great southern continent or Terra Australis. Whilst Cook successfully observed the transit of Venus on 3 June 1769 the great southern continent eluded him. Cook did however survey the North and South Islands of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia which he took possession of and named New South Wales. He also established that Australia and New Guinea were indeed separate. In 1772 less than a year after his return to England Cook set sail once more for the southern latitudes with a view to permanently settling the question of the existence of a great south land. During the voyage Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle on 17 January 1773 coming within but a short distance from the coast of Antarctica. He also charted New Caledonia and Norfolk Island and explored the little-known southern Atlantic encountering the island of South Georgia as well as the South Sandwich Islands and claiming both in the name of the King George III. And after three years of searching Cook was at last able to dispel the myth of a great southern landmass. In 1776 Cook embarked at Plymouth for his third and final voyage this time to the North Pacific for the purpose of finding a north-west passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. During this voyage Cook encountered the Hawaiian Islands (naming them the Sandwich Islands after the Earl of Sandwich) which he proceeded to chart. He also conducted a thorough survey of the north-west coast of America from Oregon to Alaska. Alas his passage further north was barred by ice. Having decided to anchor at Hawaii for the winter Cook met an unfortunate end at Kealakekua Bay following a dispute with the Hawaiians over a cutter stolen from the Discovery. This stunning set illustrated by a total of 203 magnificent plates and charts encompasses the remarkable achievements of one of the great navigators making it a most important addition to a collection of exploration books on the Pacific.
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