Italian Collected Voyages with Engravings—in Original Printed Wrappers
29. [COOK’S COLLECTED VOYAGES]. [COOK, James]. Navigazioni di Cook pel Grande Oceano e Intorno al Globo. Milano: Sonzogno, 1816-1817. 7 vols., as follows:
Vol. I: xl, 212, [1, 1 blank] pp., 1 uncolored copper-engraved plate (frontispiece portrait of Cook), 3 colored engraved copper plates (natives), 1 uncolored copper-engraved folding map.
Vol. II: 334, [1, 1 blank] pp., 4 colored copper-engraved plates (scene, natives).
Vol. III: 286, [1, 1 blank] pp., 3 colored copper-engraved plates (scenes), 1 uncolored copper-engraved plate (tools).
Vol. IV: 318 [1, 1 blank] pp., 3 colored copper-engraved plates (natives, kangaroo), 1 uncolored copper-engraved plate (weapons).
Vol. V: 393  pp., 4 colored copper-engraved plates (flora, scene, natives).
Vol. VI: 305  pp., 5 colored copper-engraved plates (scenes, native).
Vol. VII: 286 pp., 5 colored copper-engraved plates (scenes, death of Cook, native).
Total: 1 folding map, 25 plates.
7 vols., 12mo, original beige printed wrappers, untrimmed. Minor losses to spines, two holes in two of the upper wrappers affecting the first few leaves, light soiling to wrappers. Otherwise a pristine set in as-issued condition with the plates in fine impressions and strong contemporary hand coloring by Lazaretti. Rare in original wraps.
First edition of this translation. Beddie 86. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 449. Not in Hill or Holmes. Although not the first Italian translation of Cook’s three voyages, this is a new translation based on various sources alluded to but not precisely enumerated in the publisher’s preface. This edition is especially notable for the plates, most of which are stunningly hand colored, and apparently executed by Giuseppe dall’Acqua. The Death of Cook (see illustration) is the typical scene after Webber showing Cook ordering his Marines to cease fire. (7 vols.) ($4,000-8,000)
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