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Three Voyages round the World] - COOK, James - 1773. 
London W. Strahan & T. Cadell -1777-1784 1773 - [FIRST VOYAGE]. -- HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages. for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773. Second edition. 3 volumes. 53 engraved maps, charts and views, of which 44 folding; includes Streight of Magellan plate. [SECOND VOYAGE] -- COOK, Capt. James. A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty's Ships Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. London: W. Strahan, 1777. First edition. 2 volumes. frontispiece and 63 engraved plates, portrait just trimmed as often. [THIRD VOYAGE] -- COOK, Capt. James; 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. London: G. Nicol, 1784. First edition. 3 volumes. 88 engraved plates: 24 in text volumes and 64 in atlas including Death of Cook plate (3 short marginal tears repaired). Together. 9 volumes, comprising 8 volumes 4to, and 1 volume atlas folio (57.5 x 42.5 cm), minor spotting, offsetting and occasional stain, nothing untoward. Modern half calf gilt extra by Aquarius, an excellent set. A complete set of Captain Cook's great voyages. Complete with Death of Cook plate and Streight of Magellan chart. "Captain Cook's three great voyages form the basis of any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors together had done. He was the first really scientific navigator, and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill). "As an explorer Cook stands equal to Vasco de Gama, Christopher Columbus and Magellan. Beside proving that the Southern Continent existed only within the Antarctic Circle and showing there was no practical sea route between the Pacific and the Atlantic in the Arctic, he completed with accuracy the outline map of the largest ocean and opened the way for trade and settlement. As a seaman and navigator he showed outstanding ability. As a man he was brave and determined, a leader that men could follow literally to the ends of the earth. But greatest among his qualities was his care and consideration for people, be they his men, whose health and conditions were always his close concern, or the natives that he met, whose culture and custom he was careful to respect" (Lord Lewin writing in Capt. James Cook Navigator, NMM, 1990). The first voyage under Cook's command on the Endeavour was primarily of a scientific nature, the mission being to observe the transit of Venus at Tahiti. Having carried out his duties, Cook sailed on to New Zealand which he circumnavigated and surveyed, before going on to Australia where he discovered and named New South Wales. Both Australia and New Zealand were annexed as a result of this voyage. On the second voyage Cook was sent by the Admiralty to ascertain whether a great Terra Australis really existed below the Antarctic Circle. He circumnavigated Antarctica at high latitudes and captained the first ship on record to cross the Antarctic Circle. Though discovering the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia, he did not gain sight of a Southern Continent. "Cook was a brilliant navigator and hydrographer, an excellent administrator and planner, and probably the first sea captain to realize the importance of preserving the health and well-being of his crew On his second voyage, of 112 men on board the Resolution, which he commanded, Cook lost only one by disease - and that not scurvy - a unique achievement in his time." PMM. Cook's third and final voyage was an expedition in search of the Northwest Passage with a remarkable crew including William Bligh, George Vancouver, and James Burney. After calling at Tasmania [Attributes: First Edition]
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