COOK'S THIRD VOYAGE.
COOK, JAMES, AND JAMES KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean ... for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere ... performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: W. & A. Strahan for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1784.
3 volumes text plus Atlas. 4to (284 x 230 mm) and folio (546 x 398 mm). Text: , xcvi, 422; [xii], 550; [xii], 558 pp; 1 folding letterpress table, 24 engraved maps, coastal profiles and charts (some folding). Atlas: 63 engraved plates, plans and maps (one double-page, one folding), EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with three plates by or after Webber: bistre oval portrait of Cook and bistre portrait of King, both dated June 4, 1784, on wove paper (268 x 256 mm and 360 x 258 mm) mounted to size on sheets of early laid paper; and a full-sized plate ("The Death of Captain Cook") dated July 1, 1785. Text: period speckled calf, spines gilt; Atlas: period half russia. First and last few leaves of text vols, plates and adjacent text leaves with light spotting or occasional offsetting, vol 2 without final blank 4A4, vol 3 with Y1-2B4, 2H4-2I4, 2Z1-4 with light old dampstain to upper inner margins, without final blank 4B4; rebacked with old spines laid down; large folding map in atlas with tears and repairs to folds as usual, appreciable spotting to about half of the plates, plate numbered 34 with creasing to the inner blank margin; rebacked with old spine laid down, scuffed, corners worn and bumped.
Provenance: Lord Leigh (early armorial bookplates in text vols); Elliot Macnaghten (armorial bookplate in atlas vol).
EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF COOK'S THIRD AND LAST VOYAGE, here with the rare large format "Death of Cook" plate, and the two fine stipple engraved portraits of Cook and King, all after Webber. "Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return [the islander] 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 degrees 44 minutes 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. Charles Clarke took command and after he died six months later, the ships returned to England under John Gore. Despite hostilities with the United States and France, the scientific nature of this expedition caused the various governments to exempt these vessels from capture. The voyage resulted in what Cook judged his most valuable discovery - the Hawaiian Islands" (Hill). Beddie 1543; Forbes 85; Hill 361; Lada-Mocarski 37; Sabin 16250.