COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE.  [MAGRA (LATER MATRA), JAMES.] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; Undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: Containing All the Various Occurences of the Voyage.... London: for T.Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771.
Lot 117
COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE.
[MAGRA (LATER MATRA), JAMES.]
A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; Undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: Containing All the Various Occurences of the Voyage.... London: for T.Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771.
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COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE.
[MAGRA (LATER MATRA), JAMES.] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; Undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: Containing All the Various Occurences of the Voyage.... London: for T.Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771.
4to (263 x 201 mm). [ii], 130, [3] pp. Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked, gilt-lettered burgundy morocco spine label. A few leaves faintly toned, but generally internally clean, upper cover detached, corners rubbed, light shelfwear.

FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE, OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE, without suppressed dedication leaf. Considered an interesting account and a cornerstone of any Cook collection, authorship of this account is generally attributed to American midshipman James Magra (also known as Matra). The book was issued with a Dedication leaf addressed to the Lords of Admiralty, but the publisher was requested to remove it as this was an unsanctioned work. Hawkesworth's official account would not appear until almost 2 years later. Hill vol 1, pp 157-8; Holmes 3; Sabin 16242; Streeter sale 2405.
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