A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
Book Id: 3683
Cook, James & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean undertaken, by the command of his Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere... In Three Volumes. Vol. I and II written by Captain James Cook, F.R.S. Vol III by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S. The Second Edition. London: Printed by H. Hughs, for G. Nicol & T. Cadell, 1785. 3 vols quarto with the folio atlas. The text volumes include 24 maps and prints, including the first printed map of Hawaii. Pp: (x) xcvi, 421pp (&) (xiv) 548pp (&) (xiv) 556pp & 24 plates and maps. Atlas: 2 folding maps, 61 plates. Full brown calf, with original red title labels "Cook's Voyage" & green labels numbering Vol. I - III. Handsome reback using the original boards, slt. bumped. Atlas in orig. brown half calf, marbled boards, rebacked in tan & gilt calf, bit rubbed. Overall a very pleasant copy, internally clean and including the first printed map of Hawaii. See Hill p. 62 for 1st edition, Beddie 1552. This copy is extra-illustrated with plate 30 from LaBillardiere's "Search from La Perouse", of 2 South Pacific native women. Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return Omai to Tahiti. Officers of the crew included William Bligh, James Burney, James Colnett and George Vancouver. John Webber was appointed artist to the expedition. After calling at Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, New Zealand and the Cook, Tonga and Society Islands, the expedition sailed north and discovered Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands, which Cook named the Sandwich Islands. Cook charted the American west coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait as far north as latitude 70? degree 44' before he was stopped by pack ice. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in an unhappy skirmish with the natives over a boat... This voyage resulted in what Cook judged his most valuable discovery - the Hawaiian Islands. (Hill. p. 60).