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Lot 31

31. [COOK’S COLLECTED VOYAGES]. COOK, James (author) & Charles R[athbone] Low (editor). Captain Cook’s Three Voyages Round the World, with a Sketch of His Life. Edited by Lieutenant Charles R[athbone] Low. London: George Routledge and Sons, [ca. 1880]. 512 pp., chromolithographed frontispiece in vivid colors (death of Cook). 8vo, original decorated brown cloth stamped in gilt and colors. Slightly shelf slanted, minor rubbing and bumping to spine extremities and corners, otherwise a very good copy. Ink signature of Charles Frederick Beckett on front free endpaper and verso of plate.

     Later edition (first edition, London, 1875), from stereotyped plates of an oft-reprinted work, with a garish plate of Cook’s death, here not so heroically depicted. Beddie 179. This is Cook for popular consumption by the masses. Low (1837-1918), descended from a line of British military officers, first pursued a naval career before retiring to become a gentleman scholar. He wrote tirelessly on naval and military subjects, and his history of the Indian Navy is still a standard work. ($50-100)

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