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. 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. Performed Under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, on His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery, in the Years 1776, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol, 1784.
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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. 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. Performed Under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, on His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery, in the Years 1776, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol, 1784.
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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. 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. Performed Under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, on His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery, in the Years 1776, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol, 1784.
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. 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. Performed Under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, on His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery, in the Years 1776, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol, 1784.
3 volumes plus atlas. 4to (285 x 225 mm) and folio (550 x 405 mm). [viii], xcvi, 421; [xii], 549; [xi], [1], 558 + 1 ad p. 87 plates, plans, maps and charts (including 63 in Atlas volume). Text vols in modern goatskin, atlas in half calf over marbled boards with old red label. Light rubbing, volume 2 joint started but sound, occasional spotting and foxing, marginal tear to second map (plate 36) not affecting image.

FIRST EDITION OF THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF COOK'S THIRD AND LAST VOYAGE. "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.
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