COOK (JAMES) - THIRD VOYAGE. COOK (JAMES) and JAMES KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, 4 vol. including quarto Atlas, FIRST EDITION, EXTREMELY RARE 'MEDALLION' ISSUE A, 1784
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COOK (JAMES) - THIRD VOYAGE
COOK (JAMES) and JAMES KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, 4 vol. including quarto Atlas, FIRST EDITION, EXTREMELY RARE 'MEDALLION' ISSUE A, 1784
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COOK (JAMES) - THIRD VOYAGE. COOK (JAMES) and JAMES KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, 4 vol. including quarto Atlas, FIRST EDITION, EXTREMELY RARE 'MEDALLION' ISSUE A, 1784
COOK (JAMES) - THIRD VOYAGE
COOK (JAMES) and JAMES KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, 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, 1778, 1779, and 1780, 4 vol. including quarto Atlas, first edition, Forbes' 'Medallion' issue A, 88 engraved plates, maps and charts (mostly folding or double-page) by F. Bartolozzi, J.K. Sherwin, S. Middiman, W. Sharp, W. Ellis, J. Basire, W. Angus and others after John Webber, William Bligh, Henry Roberts and others, one folding letterpress table, advertisement leaf at end of volume 3, lacking title-page to volume 1, some light soiling and browning, a few plates and maps slightly frayed or torn at edges, large 'Chart of NW Coast of America' defective, some worming in margins affecting one map, ownership signature in several places of John Thompson, 1787, and that of Robert Kirkpatrick, 1810, in volume 2, contemporary tree calf (Atlas not quite uniform), gilt-tooled red morocco spine labels, slightly worn, hinges cracked, [Forbes 63; Hill 361; Lada-Mocarski 37; Mitchell Library 1544; Sabin 16250], 4to, G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1784

Footnotes

  • THE EXTREMELY RARE 'MEDALLION' ISSUE OF THE FIRST EDITION, WITH A QUARTO ATLAS. "This issue of the Third Voyage text appears to be of great rarity. It may in fact not have actually been for sale, but rather may have been a trial issue consisting of a few copies with the title leaves altered for inspection and approval by the Admiralty... prior to the issuing of a second edition" (Forbes). This issue had new title-pages which dropped the references to the illustrations (possibly to mollify William Bligh, whose chart making was not mentioned on the title), and included vignettes of the Royal Society medal issued in June 1784. The present copy corresponds to Forbes' 'Medallion' Issue A, with the text unaltered from the first issue.

    Another unusual aspect of this set is that the early owner chose to have the plates and maps bound into a quarto rather than folio size Atlas, presumably to allow the volumes to sit together on the shelf. Included at the end of the Atlas is the 'Death of Cook' plate by Bartolozzi after Weber, dated 1785.
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