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Lot 28

Parts Issue in Original Wraps—For Budding Explorers

28. [COOK’S COLLECTED VOYAGES]. COOK, James. Voyages of Captain Cook Round the World: With an Account of His Unfortunate Death at Owhyhee, One of the Sandwich Islands. London: Printed by T. Maiden...for Ann Lemoine and J. Roe, [1807-1808]. 6 fascicles, as follows:

Part I: 60 pp., 1 copper-engraved plate (scene).

Part II: 61-108 pp., 1 copper-engraved plate (Death of Cook).

Part III: 109-168 pp., 1 copper-engraved plate (scene).

Part IV: 169-216 pp., 1 copper-engraved plate (scene).

Part V: 217-276 pp., 1 copper-engraved plate (scene).

Part VI: 277-322, [2] pp.

Total: 5 plates.

6 parts, 12mo, original printed blue wrappers (Parts I and IV-VI) and later plain unprinted blue wrappers (Parts II-III). Spines mostly perished. Upper wrapper of Part I laid down; wants lower wrapper. Most parts unopened; all untrimmed. General series title page issued as last page of Part VI. Except for minor staining and edge wear, a remarkable survival. Preserved in modern blue cloth clamshell case.

     First edition. Beddie 72. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 391 (“a rare juvenile account”). Sabin 63514. Not in Hill. Six issues of The Pocket Navigator series, issued in fascicles, forming the complete edition of Cook’s voyages as thus issued. Also issued bound together as Vol. IV of the complete Pocket Navigator set rather than in chap book format, as here. Plates were designed by W. G. and engraved by S. Sharp or J. June, who have not been further identified. The plate of Cook’s death is a representation of the traditional view of his ordering his Marines to cease fire. An extremely rare edition in any condition. (6 parts) ($1,500-3,000)

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