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Lot 1

The Definitive Reference To Cook's Life & Voyages

1. [COOK: BIBLIOGRAPHY & SUPPORTING MATERIAL]. BEAGLEHOLE, J[ohn] C[awte] (editor). The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery [edited from the original manuscripts by J. C. Beaglehole, with the Assistance of J. A. Williamson, J. W. Davidson, and R. A. Skelton]. Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1955-1974. 9 vols., as follows:

Vol. I: The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771. [2], cclxxxiv, [2], 684 pp., plates, maps (some folding). O’Reilly-Reitman 377. Rosove 78-1.A1 (first issue, “uncommon”).

Vol. II: The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure 1772-1775. [4], clxx, 1021 pp., plates, maps (some folding). Meadows 270. O’Reilly-Reitman 394, 411, 412.

Rosove 78-3.A1 (first issue, “uncommon”).

Vol. III: The Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery 1776-1780. 2 parts in 2 vols. [Part I]: ccxxiv, 718 pp.; [Part II]: viii, [721]-1647 pp., plates, maps (some folding). Rosove 78-5.A1 (first issue, “uncommon”).

Vol. IV: The Life of Captain James Cook.... xi [1, blank], 760 pp., plates (some folding). Meadows 431.

Rosove 28.B1 (first issue, “uncommon”).

Portfolio: Charts & Views Drawn by Cook and His Officers and Reproduced from the Original Manuscripts.... viii pp., 58 charts & views. Meadows 270. Rosove 79-1.A1 (first issue, “scarce”).

Text vols.: 5 vols., 8vo, and 1 vol., folio, original navy blue gilt with gilt titles and medallion of Cook on front boards. Very fine in dust jackets with spines slightly sunned.

With 3 related imprints:

BEAGLEHOLE, J[ohn] C[awte] (editor). Addenda and Corrigenda to Volume I: The Voyage of the Endeavor, 1768-1771. Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1968. 12 pp. 8vo, original printed blue wrappers. Slightly stained, else very good. Rosove 78-2.A1.

BEAGLEHOLE, J[ohn] C[awte] (editor). Cook and the Russians: An Addendum to the Hakluyt Society’s Edition of the Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery, 1776-1780. London: Hakluyt Society, 1973. 9 pp. 8vo, original printed blue wrappers. Slightly creased, else very good. Rosove 78-6.A1. Spence 103.

BEAGLEHOLE, J[ohn] C[awte]. “Cook the Navigator.” Pp. 27-38. 8vo, original green printed wrappers. Slightly wrinkled, else good. Offprint from Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 314 (1969).

     First editions. Beddie 227, 2106 & 4762. Day, Pacific Islands Literature, One Hundred Basic Books 22. Hill I, pp. 62-63: “Some of the most important research ever done on the Pacific”; p. 383. Hill II:286, 367. National Maritime Museum: Voyages 571, 585, 593a. O’Reilly-Reitman, p. 57: “[Ces volumes] rendent pratiquement caduc tout ce qui a paru jusqu’alors au suject de ces 3 voyages de circumnavigation.” Spence 102. Strathern 125. The definitive reference to Cook's voyages and life containing extensive commentary, notes, and supporting documents drawn from his surviving holograph journals, along with writings of crew members and other sources. A stunning achievement of modern textual and historical scholarship that will never be superseded and which presents for the first time in print many sources previously available only in manuscript. (9 vols.) ($1,200-2,400)

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