COOK (JAMES) - THE ENDEAVOUR HORACE. The Odes, Satyrs, and Epistles... Done into English by Mr. Creech, sixth edition, WILLIAM PERRY'S COPY FROM ON BOARD 'THE ENDEAVOUR', inscribed by him with full details of the crew, date of departure and return of the "Endeavour" on the front endpapers, additionally inscribed "é libris Guli. Perry" on title, J. and R. Tonson, 1737

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COOK (JAMES) - THE ENDEAVOUR
HORACE. The Odes, Satyrs, and Epistles... Done into English by Mr. Creech, sixth edition, WILLIAM PERRY'S COPY FROM ON BOARD 'THE ENDEAVOUR', inscribed by him with full details of the crew, date of departure and return of the "Endeavour" on the front endpapers, additionally inscribed "é libris Guli. Perry" on title, J. and R. Tonson, 1737

£ 15,000 - 25,000
US$ 19,000 - 31,000
COOK (JAMES) - THE ENDEAVOUR
HORACE. The Odes, Satyrs, and Epistles... Done into English by Mr. Creech, sixth edition, WILLIAM PERRY'S COPY FROM ON BOARD 'THE ENDEAVOUR', inscribed by him with full details of the crew, date of departure and return of the "Endeavour" on the front endpapers, additionally inscribed "é libris Guli. Perry" on title, lacks portrait and pages 215-218, contemporary calf, old paper title label on spine, worn, joints weakened, 8vo, J. and R. Tonson, 1737

Footnotes

  • A BOOK TAKEN AROUND THE WORLD BY WILLIAM PERRY ON BOARD THE ENDEAVOUR, DURING COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE. "Tales of Horace. Endeavour. Willm. Perry... 6th Septem. Off Cape Finisterre 1768" - Perry has carefully inscribed the book on the front free endpapers, providing a full listing of the crew and "Passengers... besides their servants", and noting the date of the departure and return of the ship. This was written early in the voyage, the ship's log noting that the ship sailed past Cape Finisterre on 6 September. On the list of crew members, Perry includes the Quartermaster Alexander Weir, who was drowned in an accident on 14 September, and records himself as Surgeon's Mate, the position to which he was recruited at the start of the voyage. Following the death of the Surgeon William Brougham Monkhouse in November 1770, Perry was promoted to surgeon, suggesting again that the inscription was prior to this date.

    Perry has drawn two boxes in which he records the details of the ship's departure and return. In the first he notes "Sail'd Thursday/25 Augt in ye aftn./from Plymouth Sound", whereas the ship's records show the ship leaving on the afternoon of the 26 August. However, this discrepancy is explained by the fact that the "day" on the ship began at noon the previous day. Hence 2pm on 26th (ship time) was also 2pm on the 25th (local time). In the corresponding box indicating the ship's return ("arriv'd in England") the crucial information ("13 July 1771 at ye Downs") has been added in a different ink, and whereas at the corners of the "departure" box he has put the date "1768" at the corners of the "arrival" date he put just the numeral "17" leaving space for the, at the time, unknown return date. The listing includes "Commander or Capt. James Cooke [sic] Lieut of ye Navy", a full complement of the crew (Zachary Hicks and John Gore mistakenly designated at 1st and 2nd Lieutenants, when actually 2nd and 3rd respectively), the passengers ("J. Banks, Dr. Solander..."), and "Mr. Green. Astronomer and join'd with ye Capt. to observe the Transit". A couple of small amendments in the same hand (but slightly darker ink) have been made, including a correction to the spelling of Gunner Forwood's name, and a note besides the name of James Magra that he was "afterwards called James Mario Matra".

    "During most of the three-year voyage all aboard were totally isolated from the outside world and thus greatly dependent on such reference books as they brought with them" (D.J. Carr, "The books that sailed with the Endeavour", in Endeavour, new series, 7:4, 1983). Carr notes that the majority of the books known to have been taken on the voyage related to navigation, voyages, science and natural history, making particular mention of those taken on board by Joseph Banks, or consulted by Cook and other officers, but also notes that the expedition's artist Sydney Parkinson had in "his private library on board... collections of the poems of Virgil, Chaucer, Ossian, Pope, Gay..." suggesting that recreational literature (such as Perry's copy of Horace) was also to be found. Unlike the collection of books kept in his study aboard the ship by Banks (which is now housed in the British Library), the present whereabouts of any of Parkinson's books "is quite unknown" (Carr). In the case of Perry it seems probable that his effects were dispersed after the death of his second wife, Anne, in 1835. Her will directed her executors (none of whom were members of the family) to dispose of all her household furniture, books and china at their discretion.

    We have only traced one book taken aboard the Endeavour to have come onto the market. Also from the personal library of William Perry, this was a copy of Malcolm Flemyng's An Introduction to Physiology (1759), offered in The Parsons Collection. Rare Pacific Voyage Books... Part I (Hordern House, 2005, no. 86), and now in the possession of The Grainger Museum and Collections, Melbourne University.

    Provenance: Private UK collection.
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COOK (JAMES) - THE ENDEAVOUR HORACE. The Odes, Satyrs, and Epistles... Done into English by Mr. Creech, sixth edition, WILLIAM PERRY'S COPY FROM ON BOARD 'THE ENDEAVOUR', inscribed by him with full details of the crew, date of departure and return of the "Endeavour" on the front endpapers, additionally inscribed "é libris Guli. Perry" on title, J. and R. Tonson, 1737
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