COOK (JAMES) [MAGRA (JAMES)] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771... To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771

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COOK (JAMES)
[MAGRA (JAMES)] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771... To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771

Sold for £ 22,750 (US$ 30,281) inc. premium
COOK (JAMES)
[MAGRA (JAMES)] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771... To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the dedication leaf to Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, early half calf over marbled boards, spine label lettered in gilt ("Cooke's Journal"), slightly rubbed [Hill 1066, without dedication; Holmes 3], 4to (265 x 200mm.), T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771

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  • THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC, AND THE FIRST TO DESCRIBE THE DISCOVERY OF THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA. This account was surreptitiously edited and published less than three months after the return of the expedition, and nearly two years before John Hawkesworth's official account. The dedication leaf to the Admiralty, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander (with note "Place this next to the Title" in lower margin) implied their approval of its publication. However these parties immediately published an advertisement denying all knowledge of this work and the dedication was quickly removed - the result being that very few copies exist with this suppressed leaf. The authorship of the work is still not confirmed, but it generally attributed to James Magra, an American-born midshipman on board the Endeavour.

    Provenance: Thomas Wickins (1767-1842) of Bath, ownership inscription dated 1805 on the front free endpaper; probably bequeathed with the rest of his library to his friend John Williams (1794-1859), 2nd Baronet Williams of Bodelwyddan; thence to his daughter Margaret Maria Hay-Williams (1844-1930); thence by descent to the present owner.
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COOK (JAMES) [MAGRA (JAMES)] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771... To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771
COOK (JAMES) [MAGRA (JAMES)] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771... To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771
COOK (JAMES) [MAGRA (JAMES)] A Journal of a Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Ship Endeavour, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771... To which is added a Concise Vocabulary of the Language of Otahitee, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1771
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