COOK, JAMES, CAPTAIN. 1728-1779.
A Voyage to The Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by The Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in The Northern Hemisphere. To Determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and The Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. London: W. and A. Strahan, 1784. 4 volumes including Atlas. , xcvi, 421; , 549; , 558,  pp. Illustrated with 85 plates and maps, 2 large folding maps, and one folding table. 4to (292 x 224 mm) & Folio (551 x 406 mm). Period half brown calf over marbled boards, spine in six compartments, two of which are gilt-lettered, the others with gilt ship device, atlas volume in modern half brown calf over early (?) boards, spine gilt. Light offset from some plates, a few stray faint spots, covers with light shelfwear, 4to volumes rebacked or with some repair to spine, some joints tender, brief dampstaining to top margin of final several plates in atlas volume, an excellent set overall.
First edition of Cooks third voyage. This was Captain Cooks final voyage (he was killed in a skirmish in Hawaii) in which he made what he considered his most important discovery-the Hawaiian Islands, which he named the Sandwich Islands. He also charted the Pacific coast from Northern California to the Bering Strait. The voyage was continued by Charles Clerke after Cooks death, and then, finally, by John Gore after Clerkes death. Forbes 62; Hill pp 61-62; Holmes 47; Howes C729a; Sabin 16250.